In what could be the start of another auto recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into several reports of Ford Fusions with steering wheels that have become loose or even detached while driving.
“The steering wheel fell off in my lap”
According to a Reuters report, the NHTSA announced on October 27, that it would take a closer look at 841,000 Ford Fusions from model years 2014 through 2016.
The federal agency has so far received three reports of the bolts that hold steering wheels in place becoming loose.
Ford is cooperating “with the [NHTSA] on its investigation, as we always do,” the company said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
The investigation is still in the preliminary stages. No recall has been issued at this time.
In the most recently reported case, a motorist told the NHTSA that the steering wheel in their Ford Fusion detached completely while driving.
“[I] went to turn in [to a] gas station and the steering wheel fell off in my lap,” the motorist writes.
Meanwhile, other complaints in the NHTSA database about this issue relating to Ford Focus vehicles date back to 2015.
The motorist below reports that the steering wheel fell out while driving at 20 mph and “was hanging by a wire.”