By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Today, Ford Motor Company announced two safety recalls impacting approximately 1.38 million vehicles. Details of each recall appear below (Ford Press Release, March 14, 2018).
Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. Ford recalled approximately 1,301,986 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles because the steering wheel bolt may not maintain torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time. The company warned that if a loosened bolt is not serviced, the steering wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash. Ford said that it is aware of two accidents with one injury allegedly related to this condition.
Affected vehicles include: 2014-2017 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 6, 2013, to February 29, 2016; 2014-2018 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018; and 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018. An additional 62,479 vehicles were recalled in Canada, and 14,172 were recalled in Mexico.
Remedy. Dealers will replace the steering wheel bolt on the vehicle with a longer bolt with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention at no cost to customers. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S08.
Ford Focus and Ford Fusion vehicles. Ford also recalled approximately 5,357 2013-2016 Ford Focus cars with 1.0-liter Fox GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions and 2013-2015 Ford Fusion vehicles with 1.6-liter GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions because repeated high-energy clutch slip input made while a driver changes gears can lead to premature clutch lining wear, reducing the mechanical properties of pressure plate material. According to the company, repeated cyclic heating and cooling events may cause cracks around the outer edge of the pressure plate. Leaking transmission fluid near an ignition source can lead to the risk of an engine compartment fire. Ford said that it is not aware of any fires, accidents, or injuries associated with this issue.
Affected vehicles include: 2013-2016 Ford Focus vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant from July 21, 2014, to June 30, 2016; and 2013-2015 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from March 9, 2012, to June 28, 2014. An additional 515 vehicles were recalled in Canada.
Remedy. Dealers will update Focus vehicles with software that will detect and prevent prolonged clutch slip and will evaluate the clutch for wear and replace as needed. Fusions will be updated with a new clutch assembly at no cost to customers. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 18S07.
Companies: Ford Motor Co.
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