Reuters reported earlier this month that the Ford Motor Company has recalled almost 129,000 of its Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan in the U.S. because of concern that their 17-inch wheels may fall off. As of the end of September, Ford had found six cases in which a wheel had fallen off.
“In some vehicles from the model years 2010 and 2011,” the article said, “the wheel studs may fracture and make the car shake. If ignored, the wheels may fall off a moving car, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a posting on a website.”
“Ford, the No. 2 U.S. automaker, said the issue may stem from wheel mounting pads or rear break discs that have been incorrectly built and cannot support the wheel.”