Ford Motor Co., in conjunction with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has recalled 128,616 vehicles due to a wheel studs fracturing problem, potentially leading to any of the four wheels of the car falling off. The recall includes 2010 and 2011 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans that have 17 inch steel wheels and were built in April 2009 or December 1, 2009 through November 13, 2010.
Inspection of the vehicles has found that while driving, multiple stud fractures at the wheels can occur. When this happens, drivers may feel the vehicle begin to vibrate and the affected wheel may separate from the car. The loss of a wheel can increase the risk of an accident and lead to immediate loss of control of the car. Ford says the problem may be caused by incorrectly built rear brake discs or wheel mounting pads.
By the end of September 2011, Ford had found six incidents of wheels falling off one of the affected cars because of the problem, according to Reuters. Ford will begin the vehicle recalls around January 24, 2012 and will notify owners accordingly. Consumers can bring their cars to dealers for the repair. Dealers will inspect the rear disc brake and replace if necessary. They will also replace all lug nuts found on all four wheels of the vehicles.
A vehicle defect such as this one can affect the use, value and safety of the car, leaving its owner with a lemon vehicle. When these problems persist and require multiple repair attempts, the owner may be entitled to their money back or a new car. Orange County lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver can help you if you have been affected by a lemon. For a free consultation about your case, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON.