Arizona car owners should be aware that Ford has announced a recall of nearly 1.4 million sedans in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a safety issue with the steering wheel. A defect could cause the steering wheel to come off while the car is in motion, making the driver lose control of the vehicle.
Certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured between 2014 and 2018 are affected by the recall. According to Ford, the problem is caused by steering wheel bolts that can come loose over time. Two car crashes have allegedly been linked to the issue. There has also been one possible injury. Owners of the recalled vehicles can take their cars to a Ford dealership for a free repair. Technicians will fix the problem by installing longer bolts with heavier threads and a nylon patch to prevent them from loosening.
Meanwhile, the Detroit-based automaker has also announced the expansion of a recall for a clutch pressure plate fracturing issue that could potentially cause a fire. The expansion adds around 6,000 manual transmission cars to the recall, including certain 2013-16 Ford Focus cars and 2013-15 Ford Fusion sedans.
Auto manufacturers are required by law to offer safe products to consumers. People who are injured by an automobile design defect have the right to file a products liability lawsuit against the automaker and other parties in the chain of distribution. In many cases, however, a settlement will be reached before the case goes to trial. An attorney can often assist in negotiations with the responsible parties and their insurers.
Source: CNBC, "Ford recalls nearly 1.4 million cars, steering wheel can come loose", March 14, 2018