Ford is recalling 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles that are equipped with 17 inch steel wheels after discovering a defect in which the wheel studs may fracture. In the 128,616 vehicles affected by the recall, multiple stud fractures could occur at the wheel location causing vehicle vibrations while driving. If ignored, wheel seperation could occur. The wheel seperating from the vehicle can pose serious risks for significant injuries. However, Ford has stated it knows of no accidents or injuries due to the defect.
The recalled vehicles were built between April 1-April 30th 2009 and December 1, 2009 to November 13, 2010. Owners of the cars will be notified at the beginning of January and dealers will inspect the rear brake disc surface and replace discs at no charge if necessary. The lug nuts will also be replaced in all the vehicles.
For more information, owners can contact Ford or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.
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