Do you drive a Ford Fusion or a Lincoln MKZ sedan? If your vehicle was
manufactured between the years 2014 and 2018, your safety may be at serious
risk. According to
cars.com, roughly 1.3 million 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion sedans have
a recall alert out on them.
What’s the issue? “The steering-wheel bolt may not maintain
torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time. If not serviced, a steering
wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control,
increasing the risk of a crash,” reports cars.com.
Can you imagine driving along on one of California’s freeways at
65 mph, only for your steering wheel to detach while the vehicle is in
motion? This could be deadly, not only for you but your passengers and
fellow motorists on the road.
On March 14, 2018, cars.com said that
Ford, the manufacturer of Lincoln, is already aware of two accidents and one
injury as a direct result of this steering wheel issue. The solution?
Ford and Lincoln dealers are replacing the steering-wheel bolt for free
with a longer bolt that has a “more robust thread engagement and
a larger nylon patch placed for proper torque retention,” reported cars.com.
What Should Owners Do?
If you own a 2014-2018 model Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ sedan, you can
call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle
safety hotline at (888) 327-4236, or you can
go to its website. If you visit the NHTSA’s website, our advice is to check your
vehicle’s identification number to confirm that it’s included in the recall alert.
Having problems with the dealer or manufacturer? If you need a California
Lemon Law Attorney, contact Norman Taylor & Associates. Do not get stuck on
one of California’s busy freeways while driving a lemon!
Call (818) 244-3905 for a free consultation.