COLMA, CA - APRIL 26: The Ford Motor Co logo is seen on the Ford Fusion at the Serramonte Ford dealership on April 26, 2011 in Colma, California. Benefiting from strong demand for smaller cars and pickups Ford Motor Co. beat out Wall Street's estimates by reporting its best first quarter earnings since 1998 with a reported earnings of 2.6 billion dollars. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheel can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.
The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years.
Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.
Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose.
Just over 1.3 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled. The rest are in Canada and Mexico.