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US Probes Ford Fusion Steering Wheels That May Detach

The probe revealed Friday covers about 841,000 midsize sedans from the 2014 through 2016 model years

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    US Probes Ford Fusion Steering Wheels That May Detach
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    U.S. regulators are investigating complaints that steering wheels can come loose or fall off in the Ford Fusion, a midsize sedan.

    A person in Georgia told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a steering wheel fell into their lap in a 2015 Fusion when turning into a gas station on Sept. 23.

    People who file complaints are not identified in the NHTSA public database.

    The agency opened the probe after receiving three complaints about loose steering wheels.

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    The probe revealed in documents posted Friday covers about 841,000 midsize sedans from the 2014 through 2016 model years.

    Two other people reported that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while driving and had to be retightened at a repair shop. The agency doesn't have any reports of crashes or injuries.

    Investigators will determine how often the problem happens, how many vehicles are affected and will assess safety consequences of the problem. No recall has been issued.

    Two messages were left Friday seeking comment from a Ford spokeswoman.