Ford has announced a new recall for 2014 to 2018 Fusions and 2014 to 2018 MKZs because the steering wheel could suddenly come off. Just to clarify, you’re not supposed to remove the steering wheel from these cars.
The problem with the steering wheel is that the bolts designed to keep it attached are too loose. Ford didn’t provide information on if that means the bolts weren’t torqued correctly, are defective, etc. It did say those bolts loosen over time, so your Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ might seem fine now, but will suddenly develop this issue.
Having the steering wheel detach in traffic would be scary, especially if you’re going freeway speeds. Ford understandably wants to fix the issue before there are any deaths of serious injuries associated with it. The automaker says so far only two accidents are officially associated with the problem, one involving an injury.
The fix for this problem is longer bolts for the steering wheel. Those bolts have a “more robust thread engagement.” A larger nylon patch is also supposed to keep the bolts from backing themselves out. If you’re concerned your vehicle is affected by the recall, you can contact your local Ford dealer, but have the VIN on hand when you do.