03/14/2018 11:44 EDT | Updated 03/14/2018 14:26 EDT

Ford Recalls Nearly 1.4M Cars Because Steering Wheels Can Come Off

Certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from the 2014 through 2018 model years are affected.

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The 2017 Ford Fusion is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Jan. 11, 2016.

DETROIT — 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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