The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced on its website that the 2010 and 2011 models of Ford’s Mercury Milan may fall off while driving.
Ford has recalled 128,616 vehicles, due to faulty wheel studs that can fracture and cause the vehicle to shimmy and the tire to become unattached to the car. The automobiles were built in Ford’s Hermosillo Mexico in early 2009 as well as most of 2010. The recall affects vehicles with 17 inch steel wheels. Vehicles with alloy wheels are not affected.
Ford has cited 6 incidents of wheels falling off since September of this year, one involving a front tire and 5 cases of a rear tire falling off. While the recall was initiated in December of 2011, investigators were looking into the faulty wheel studs as early as January 2011. According to the NHTSA website, “On January 21, 2011, the Office of Defects Investigation opened a Preliminary Evaluation to investigate alleged wheel stud fractures in certain model year 2010 Ford Fusion vehicles.”
Owners of vehicles under the recall can contact Ford Motor Company at 1-866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236.