Ford recalls almost 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose

FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011 file photo shows a sign at the Salem Ford dealership in Salem, N.H. Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 said it is recalling nearly 423,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the power-assisted steering can fail while they're being driven. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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.

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