Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced a safety recall for 1.4 million of its cars in North America, saying that because of issues with the steering wheel bolts, the steering wheel could detach.
It also announced a safety recall for about 6,000 manual-transmission cars over a clutch-plate problem that carries a risk of fire.
The recall over the steering wheel problem applies to 2014-18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.
In affected vehicles, the steering wheel bolt might not stay tightly secured and may loosen over time. If that's not fixed, the steering wheel could detach from the car, causing the driver to lose the ability to steer.
Ford said it knows of two accidents with one injury allegedly related to this issue.
Dealers will replace the steering wheel bolt on the vehicle with a longer bolt "with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention — at no cost to customers," the automaker said in a news release.
The recall affects 1.3 million vehicles in the United States, about 62,500 in Canada and a little more than 14,000 in Mexico.
The other recall applies to about 6,000 select models of Ford Focus and Ford Fusion cars in the U.S. and Canada. The problem can cause the clutch pressure plate to fracture, and there is a risk of leaking transmission fluid that ups the risk of an engine-compartment fire, Ford said.
The affected vehicles are 2013-16 Ford Focus cars with a 1.0-liter Fox GTDI engine and B6 manual transmission, and 2013-15 Ford Fusion cars with a 1.6-liter GTDI engine and B6 manual transmission.
Ford said it is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Dealers are to fix the issue free of charge.