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article imageFord to recall thousands of 2010-2011 Fusions and Mercury Milans

By Kay Mathews     Dec 13, 2011 in Technology
The cause of the recall of an estimated 128,616 vehicles appears to be faulty wheel studs, which may fracture leading to the possibility of wheels separating from cars.
A recall alert by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states, "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."
The potential number of cars affected is estimated to be 128,616.
According to Consumer Reports, Ford also issued a recall alert but one was not found on the Ford Motor Company website. What was found, however, under the "Latest News" category were links to stories concerning the 2011 Ford Fusion being named "Highest Ranked Midsize Car for Dependability" by J.D. Power Power and Associates. Interestingly, clicking on those links takes readers to "a page that is not available."
Information provided by Consumer Reports indicates that owners of affected vehicles will be notified by Ford with instructions to bring in their Milan or Fusion sedans to local dealers. "Mechanics there will replace all the vehicles' wheel lug nuts as well as inspect and, if necessary, replace the rear disc brakes for free," Consumer Reports' states.
Susan Krusel, a spokeswoman for Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford, was quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek as saying:
Affected customers can continue to drive their vehicles. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries. Ford plans to notify owners beginning the week of Jan. 24. Customers can ask their dealers to inspect the lug nuts to make sure they’re properly attached.
Consumer Reports states that owners of 2010-2011 Milans and Fusions can call Ford's customer relationship center (888-436-7332) for more information. Owners can also find more information by logging on to the Ford, Lincoln & Mercury Recall Notices website.
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