If you drive Ford Motors’ Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models manufactured between 2014-2018, you should contact the Consumer Protection Council, CPC.

This is because Ford has initiated a recall of about 1.4 million vehicles of these models due to faults.

Although this recall appears to be focused on North America, it is not unlikely that some of the affected vehicles have been imported into Nigeria.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, Director General of CPC, Babatunde Irukera called on Nigerians who own or drive these models to immediately contact it by sending an e-mail to contact@cpc.gpv.ng.

He said: “The purpose of the recall is that on some models, steering wheel bolts could become loose and cause the steering wheel to potentially detach. This could lead to a serious accident.

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“Ford admits that it has become aware of two accidents and one injury that may have been caused by the problem.”

He also said that the specific Fusion versions affected were the Fusion S, SE, Hybrid S, SE, Hybrid Titanium, Fusion Energi SE, Energi Titanium, Fusion Sport, Fusion Platinum, Fusion Hybrid Platinum and Fusion Energi Platinum.

Irukera said that the recall also applied to every version of the Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKZ Premier, Hybrid Premier and Black Label.

“In addition to the above, but on a separate note, Ford is also recalling another 6,000 Fusion and Ford Focus models due to a risk of fire from a fracture in the clutch pressure plate.

“The relevant model years are 2013-2016,” Irukera said.

Irukera said the council was in the process of contacting local Ford dealers to verify the batch, lot or group of individual vehicles involved, and whether any was imported to and sold in Nigeria.

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