The North American based carmaker Ford has recently announced a recall which will affect 129.000 units of its Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 128.616 vehicles of the 17 inch steel wheels, made between April 1, 2009 and April 30, 2009 and from December 1, 2009 to November 13, 2010 will be affected by the recall. The NHTSA has opened an investigation into these models after receiving several reports of defective wheels. The agency says that in the affected vehicles, multiple stud fractures could occur at the wheel location and the driver may experience wheel separation or vehicle vibration which will increase the risk of a crash.
Owners of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models will be notified the week of January 24 and they will have to make a trip back to the dealers, where their cars’ rear brake disc surfaces will be inspected and replaced at no charge. Ford says that you can see when your car was built by checking a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamp. Owners of the above mentioned models can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or Ford at 866-436-7332.