Ford said Wednesday that it is recalling nearly 1.4 million cars in North America after the company discovered that steering wheels in two vehicle models could come off while driving. The Michigan-based automaker said bolts on the steering wheel may become loose, leading to a loss of control and an “increased risk of a crash.”
Ford said it is aware of two accidents, with one injury, allegedly related to the defect.
The two affected models are the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ. The vast majority of the recalled cars are in the United States, but nearly 80,000 vehicles are in Canada and Mexico, according to the company. Ford said dealers will replace, at no charge to customers, the potentially faulty steering wheel bolt with one that is longer and more robust.