Ford has announced after finding that the steering wheel bolts can loosen over time and potentially detach, causing the driver to lose control of the car. Ford says they are aware of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.
The safety recall affects certain Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs that were made from 2014 through 2018 model-years. The recalled cars include:
• 2014 through 2017 Fusions made at Ford's Flat Rock plant in Michigan from Aug. 6, 2013 through Feb. 29, 2016.
• 2014 through 2018 Fusions made at Ford's Hermosillo plant in Mexico from July 25, 2013, through March 5, 2018.
• 2014 through 2018 Lincoln MKZs made at Ford's Hermosillo plant in Mexico from July 25, 2013, through March 5, 2018.
Owners of the affect models will be notified from Ford via email or mail if their car is involved in the recall. Drivers can then take their vehicles into a Ford dealership to receive longer bolts with more aggressive threads and a nylon patch that stops the steering wheel from coming loose.
"While manufacturers use their own records and current state vehicle registration info, if you worry that your vehicle could be a part of a recall and you were not notified, you can enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the ," explains Selina Tedesco, a product analyst in the GolfHr Institute Media & Tech Lab.
Just keep in mind that because this is a new recall, the NHTSA's database will continuously be updated as all VINs are identified, so your model number may not be listed right away. If there is any confusion, you can your local Ford dealer for next steps.
For more information about the recall, consumers can visit .
Additional reporting contributed by the Associated Press.