Ford Recall List – Ford has announced a recall that includes a list of 2010-2011 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans with 17-inch steel wheels. The cars were built from April 1, 2009, through April 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009.
The automaker stated that there is a problem surrounding the wheel nuts that are found on vehicles with 17-inch steel wheels, and a possibility of them breaking, which could leak to the wheel coming off the car.
Ford has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the issue, and any models with alloy wheels are not affected. Ford first became aware of the issue back in August of last year after some wheel nuts fractured during tightening at its plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. The Milan has been phased out now along with the Mercury brand.
The car manufacturer stated that “an extensive investigation” had already begun in January 2011 as the NHTSA announced its own investigation into the issue. The agency said it had started looking into the matter after owners had complained about nuts breaking. There were even four reports of wheels actually coming off.
Ford has responded about the chances of wheels coming off by suggesting noise or vibration would lead to owners going to a dealership. It also stated that there isn’t much chance of all five wheel nuts breaking at the same time.
The NHTSA said that it upgraded its investigation back in July despite the assurances Ford were making. Ford has said it knows of one front wheel and five rear wheels coming away from vehicles that are believed to be caused by the faulty wheel nuts, but were not aware of any accidents.