People in North Carolina who drive a Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ, model years 2014 to 2018, might want to find out if their vehicle is part of a recall. Ford says that some of these vehicles have steering wheel bolts that can come loose. This can cause the steering wheel to detach from the steering column and the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
A pair of accidents and an injury have allegedly occurred as a result of the defect. A total of about 1.4 million cars are being recalled, with around 1.3 million of those in the United States and the rest in Mexico and Canada. Dealers can address the issue by replacing existing bolts with longer bolts that have better threads and using a nylon patch to keep them in place.
The company is also recalling another 6,000 cars that have an issue with the clutch. There is a fracture in the pressure plate that creates a fire risk. The cars being recalled for that fault are manual transmission Ford Focuses and Ford Fusions from 2013 to 2016 that have certain engine types.
In some cases, companies that manufacture defective products face major legal repercussions. They might be required to pay injured people compensation for medical costs and other expenses. A person who is injured in such an accident might want to talk to an attorney about the situation. In a successful products liability case, it might be necessary to demonstrate that the company was negligent. This could include showing that the company was aware of the danger and did not take adequate steps to protect consumers.