Ford and Lincoln recall Fusion, MKZ due to faulty steering wheels

The Ford Motor Company has issued two safety recalls for certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles over steering wheel issue.

In the affected cars, a steering wheel bolt may be unable to maintain torque, loosening it over time. If left unfixed, the steering wheel can detach from the steering column and cause the driver to lose control of the steering.

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1. Compact car: Toyota Corolla

Price as tested: $20,650

Why it's here: "This practical, fuel-efficient sedan has all the virtues that small-car shoppers seek, backed by its strong reliability track record," the publication said in a statement. Consumer Reports praised the Corolla for its roomy interior, secure handling, superior ride, and solid 32 mpg fuel economy.

2. Compact green car: Chevrolet Bolt

Price as tested: $38,424

Why it's here: "We put the Bolt through our battery of rigorous tests and drove it thousands of miles, both at our test track and on public roads," Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing, Jake Fisher said in a statement. "With the ability to go up to 250 miles on a charge, the Bolt is a good option for someone who might never have considered an EV before."

3. Luxury compact car: Audi A4

Price as tested: $48,890

Why it's here: "The A4 shines by being sporty, luxurious, and polished in a competitive category," Consumer Reports wrote. "It's very satisfying to drive, with nimble, secure handling helped by its minimal body roll and responsive steering."

4. Midsize car: Toyota Camry

Price as tested: $26,364 — $28,949

Why it's here: Consumer Reports praised the Camry for its overall competence, new styling, and improved handling. The publication was also particularly impressed by the four-cylinder Camry's 32 mpg fuel economy as well as the Camry Hybrid's 47 mpg.

5. Large car: Chevrolet Impala

Price as tested: $39,110

Why it's here: "The Impala continues to be a gem among large cars, providing a driving experience that's akin to a luxury car," Consumer Reports gushed. Its staff was also impressed by the Impala's spacious, quiet, and well-appointed cabin.

6. Compact SUV: Subaru Forester

Price as tested: $27,145

Why it's here: "This is a practical, smartly packaged small SUV that emphasizes fuel economy, room, visibility, and reliability over trendiness or flash," Consumer Reports wrote.

7. Luxury Compact SUV: BMW X3

Price as tested: $53,745

Why it's here: "This luxury compact SUV combines driving enjoyment, comfort, slick technology, and utility in an appealing package," the publication wrote. "It's sharp, sporty handling encourages drivers to seek curvy roads."

8. Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander

Price as tested: $41,169 — $50,875

Why it's here: The Highlander garnered praise for its good performance, fuel economy, and reliability. In addition, the three-row SUV's ability to handle eight occupants while remaining small enough to be easy to park also won the Highlander plaudits.

9. Minivan: Toyota Sienna

Price as tested: $38,424

Why it's here: "In this segment, the Sienna offers the best all-around package with a comfortable ride, an energetic powertrain, and respectable fuel economy," Consumer Reports wrote. "The spacious cabin features convenient folding seats and available seating for eight."

10. Full-sized pickup truck: Ford F-150

Price as tested: $52,535

Why it's here: "The F-150 tops the full-sized pickup truck category," the publication wrote. "The best-selling vehicle in America is an impressive workhorse that pulls ahead of the pack thanks to its weight-reduced design and fuel-efficient turbocharged six-cylinder engine."

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About 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. are involved, including model years 2014-2017 Ford Fusions built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and model years 2014-2018 Fusion and MKZ vehicles built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant.

So far, Ford has reported two accidents and one injury in relation to this problem. To fix the issue, dealers will replace the defective steering wheel bolt with a longer one that has more thread engagement and proper torque retention, at no cost to the customer.

To see if the vehicle you drive is affected, or to search any open recalls, enter your car’s VIN on the NHTSA recall website.

 

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