• Jan 26, 2011
The 2010 Ford Fusion is the subject of a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Problems and complaints that would have been mere blips on the radar in the past are now cause for further scrutiny, and four complaints against the 2010 Fusion, three from the same fleet, have sparked interest.

Even though most of the complaints come from the same 22-car fleet, different operators were behind the wheel when the cause of the complaints occurred. The concern is that the wheel studs could fracture, as the complaints allege happened, which could then lead to a wheel leaving the vehicle and, rather obviously, loss of control.

Though they certainly are not screws at all, you could think of the wheel studs as the "screws" to which lug nuts are attached to secure a wheel to the vehicle, and in this case, the Fusion has five wheel studs per wheel.

A full recall could involve some 280,000 vehicles, and Ford is reportedly cooperating with the agency to bring the situation to a resolution.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What astounds me is that the NHTSA has to open an investigation for this. 4 complains is not statistically significant, especially when three of them are from the same freaking location. Occam's razor says the location that originated the complaint contains at least one moron who doesn't know how to properly change a wheel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lug nuts have been over-torqued for years without the industry saying anything about it, but now there IS a problem--on an otherwise exceptional car. Maybe now the air wrench specs and muscle -jockeys will get noticed.
      charlee
      • 3 Years Ago
      if it had been 100 Government Moters cars, and all four tires on the ground and the 5th one (spare) in the trunk fell off, there would not be the first word said about it
      KENNY NASH
      • 3 Years Ago
      No worries there because you know FORD's don't last long enough to wear out a set of tires much less the wheel lugs.............
      KENNY NASH
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just weird that they were all Japanese drivers who worked for division of Totota and they were driving "FORDS" ???

      Kenny Nash

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The stud should never break, regardless of how over-torqued it is. A smart engineer would have the NUT strip prior to harming the stud. When designing a system, one must decide what fails first.

      All these recent recalls seem to point out that car makers have swept a lot of issues under the rug, in years past. Rather than risk harm to their reputations, they choose to fix issues only when affected cars came back to the dealer, naturally. Many times, the cost of a recall far exceeds that of ignoring the problems. I'm glad that the Toyota issue has forced automakers to be more responsible. See what regulation can do?

      Either that or car quality had gone way down, lately.
      hughjazoul53
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obama said,"you should have took da money " !! If the government can't own you then they will screw you !! Its the Chicago way !!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't help but think of a few possibilities:

      1. If this fleet of vehicles are of the same age - this may be a case where a bad batch of lug studs may have ended up being installed on the cars.

      2. Maybe a 'fleet mechanic' may have had the wheels off these vehicles and could have incorrectly torqued down the lug nuts. Incorrect torque could weaken the studs...or cause the lug nuts to work loose.

      • 3 Years Ago
      sounds like someone might have gotten REALLY aggressive torquing those lug-nuts on.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another decent looking ford destroyed by their engineering dept.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only four cars and yet a possible recall?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it is only 3...
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I was in high school, my best friend's father decided she needed to learn how to change a tire. I was spending the night (watching election returns) and so he was surprised to find us still up when he came walking in after having walked five miles from his car. He had been driving home from the night shift when suddenly one of his tires flew off the car and rolled out into a field. She hadn't tightened the lug nuts enough. LOL. Sounds like this problem is one of "over tightening", a problem common with people using power wrenches.

      We love our Fusion.
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