Ford is recalling about 20 of its mid-size 2013 Ford Fusion sedans to fix a defect in the steering clip.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website identifies the build dates for the recall population as April 19 through April 23, 2013.
According to the NHTSA bulletin and Ford documentation (PDF), the steering gears of affected vehicles may be missing an internal retaining clip. Ford said that if the clip is missing, components inside the steering gear “may migrate inside the gear assembly.” This could potentially result in a loss of steering control and increases the risk of a crash.
Ford said it was notified by the manufacturer of the steering clip about the mis-build on April 23, 2013 and implemented a stop ship.
The automaker said it has no field reports of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.
What Ford will do
Ford will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will replace the steering gear at no charge. The Ford safety recall, identified as No. 13S06, is expected to begin in mid-June.
In the meantime, owners of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V232000.