A federal investigation is now underway involving the Ford Fusion. It follows several driver complaints of steering wheels coming loose, and in one case, falling off.
The complaints, involving 841,000 2014-2016 Fusion sedans, are outlined in documents filed with the National Traffic Safety Administration.
Two drivers claim their steering wheels became loose while in the vehicle was in operation. The most serious complaint involves a Georgia driver who says the steering wheel on a 2015 Fusion completely detached from the steering column and fell into his lap while attempting to turn into a gas station.
None of the complaints involved crashes, though NHTSA documents note that a “detached steering wheel can result in a loss of vehicle control that may lead to a crash.” Hard to argue with that.
The preliminary investigation will assess the steering-wheel fastening-bolt problem and may or may not lead to an upgraded analysis and potential recall.
Ford, which posted a 6.2 percent sales gain in October, says it’s cooperating with the probe. The automaker urged owners with concerns to contact their dealer.
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