Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has started recalling 128,616 Fusion and Mercury Milan sedan vehicles because of defective wheels that could fall off. The wheel studs of the cars could fracture while driving which leads to “vibration and/or wheel separation, increasing the risk of a crash” said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall is for 2010 and 2011 models.
The vehicles were built between April 1, 2009 and April 30, 2009 and between December 1, 2009 through November 13, 2010. Dealers will be replacing the lug nuts on all four wheels and will be inspecting the real-wheel disc brake surfaces and replace them.
“Affected customers can continue to drive their vehicles,” stated Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel. “We are not aware of any accidents or injuries.”
Ford will start notifying customers on January 24th. Customers of these vehicles can ask their deals to replace the lug nuts. The recall covers vehicles that are originally equipped with 17-inch steel wheels built at a plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. The wheels were supplied by Lemmerz International Inc. in Northville, MI and the brakes were supplied by Brembo North America Inc. in Plymouth, MI.