Loose Ford steering wheels: What we know now

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Ford Issues Massive Recall Over Steering Wheel Problems

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As recalls go, this one sounds fairly alarming.

Ford is recalling 1.3 million Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles because of potential loose steering wheel bolts. Such loose bolts mean your steering wheel could detach from the steering column, the automaker says.

Here’s what we know right now.

1. Which vehicles are affected?

According to Ford: 2014-17 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant from Aug. 6, 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016.

2014-18 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Ford’s Hermosillo plant from July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018.

2014-18 Lincoln MKZ vehicles also built at Hermosillo, from July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018.

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2. How should owners respond?

If you receive a letter from Ford or a dealer telling you your vehicle is affected, get the repair done. It should not cost you anything but time.

Ford says dealers will replace the steering wheel bolt on the vehicle with a longer bolt with “more robust thread engagement” and a larger nylon patch placed for greater torque — for free.

3. Do I have to wait for a recall letter?

No. You can call your dealer any time. But it may take time for Ford to send components and instructions to dealers.

If you fear you’re having problems with your vehicle, be aggressive about pursuing a fix. Ford said it is aware of two accidents and one injury related to the steering wheel problem.

4. Are there other recalls to be aware of?

Recalls are issued pretty regularly. You can check www.safercar.gov  for updates on an array of recalls. You can also enter your vehicle's identification number for information on your individual car or truck.

5. So is my steering wheel going to fall off?

Recalls do not mean that every vehicle will have a specific problem. Remember, of 1.3 million recalled vehicles, Ford says it is aware of two accidents.