Ford has announced a recall of certain Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 128,616 2010 and 2011 models equipped with steel wheels may have been manufactured with wheel studs that could crack and split over time. If that happens, the vehicle may experience a wheel separation.

According to The Detroit News, the company is aware of a total of 30 wheel separation incidents, one of which occurred on the front of the vehicle. Even so, no injuries have been reported as a result of the defect.

The problem apparently stems from the fact that the mounting pads on the vehicles' steel wheels may have been faulty from the factory. In addition, the wheel mounting face on rear disc brakes may not have been installed properly. Ford will inspect the rear disc face and replace them as necessary. In addition, the company will replace all of the vehicle's wheel studs free of charge. Head to the NHTSA website for more information, and click past the jump to view the full recall notice.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / FUSION 2010-2011
MERCURY / MILAN 2010-2011

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Mfr's Report Date: DEC 05, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V574000

NHTSA Action Number: 2 Investigations found

Component: WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 128,616

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 FORD FUSION AND MERCURY MILAN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 17 INCH STEEL WHEELS AND BUILT FROM APRIL 1, 2009, THROUGH APRIL 30, 2009, AND FROM DECEMBER 1, 2009, THROUGH NOVEMBER 13, 2010. THE WHEEL STUDS MAY FRACTURE, POTENTIALLY CAUSING A WHEEL TO SEPARATE.

Consequence:
WHILE DRIVING, MULTIPLE STUD FRACTURES COULD OCCUR AT THE WHEEL LOCATION, AND THE OPERATOR MAY EXPERIENCE VEHICLE VIBRATION AND/OR WHEEL SEPARATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR BRAKE DISC SURFACE FOR FLATNESS AND REPLACE THE DISCS AS NECESSARY. ADDITIONALLY, THE WHEEL LUG NUTS WILL BE REPLACED ON ALL FOUR WHEELS. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 24, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:
FORD'S RECALL NUMBER IS 11S23. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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        Bob Vila
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's actually made in Hermosillo, Mexico.
        merlot066
        • 3 Years Ago
        Assembled in Mexico from globally sourced parts. These defective wheel studs are probably from whatever unfortunate Asian country you are from.
          Famsert
          • 3 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          "probably" hm? I'm 100% certain the company that allowed these studs to put put on their vehicles and sold them is AMERICAN. Funny how you folks will keep pushing the fact is that Ford is a real American company and that Toyota is really Japanese yet when Ford recalls something, derp derp it must be the foreign suppliers that Ford employs.
        Egon
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, it's not.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Love Great Danes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably Chinese bolts.
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        Yes because American parts manufacturers have never had any problems with their parts so we should assume that the bolts are from China even though it's an American car made in Mexico. You'd probably be better off with a Chinese bolt than these.
        Xenovitalis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        What bolts? The assembly is a stud and a nut... Sorry, I mean: HAW HAW CHINA SUCKS HAW HAW YEEEEEEEEEEEHAW!
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, this happened on my Mercury Mystique (which I called the Mystaque). Some things never change, apparently.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should be replacing the wheel bearings not just the studs. The vibration is going to cause the bearing to fail.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds to me like one of Fords suppliers forgot to heat treat a large lot of these studs, leaving them soft and weak. I work in the Aerospace industry, and when you're a large company you rely on small suppliers to do a lot of the grunt work for you, sometimes it can bite you in the ass.
        Famsert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        We're not sure if the studs are from overseas. What we are sure of is that the company which failed with quality control in this respect is American.
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      Need a practical 3 wheeler? Look no further.
      gasaraki88
      • 3 Years Ago
      Umm, yeah. Wheel separation is pretty serious.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gasaraki88
        It's only serious if it caused deaths and injuries. There's been 30 incidents recorded, with absolutely no one hurt.
      shopwithaaron
      • 3 Years Ago
      So let's decide to wait till after Christmas to begin the recall...I think we should fly to Grandma's.........
      techie69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford: quality is job one....hehe, good marketing but poor product delivery.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @techie69
        So what you're saying is that other manufacturers are perfect and don't have recalls?
      Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh...wow...Ford (and those drivers) are crazy lucky nobody got hurt in 30 separate incidents of wheels literally coming off the car. Seriously, you'd think at least one person would be injured if 30 separate cars had a wheel fall off while driving.
      Mickey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dealer just told me that all they will do is check that there are no fractures on the studs. Then they will replace all of the lug NUTS, not the STUDS. What gives? Might they fracture 2 weeks later? Replace the studs or not? I talked to service dept. at Schmidt Ford in Saukville Wisconsin.Call made on Friday Jan. 20th. at 3:45pm. (if anyone out there want's to hear the same line that I got) service dept........ (888) 434-5831
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