Some Miami car owners will be affected by a recent recall issued by Ford and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration due to defective wheel studs in Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans. The recall is for 2011-2012 models of the vehicles and estimates have put the number of affected vehicles at 128,616.
The faulty wheel studs may fracture the wheels and may even cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle. This very dangerous problem obviously increases the potential for a car crash and serious injuries.
Ford is notifying owners of these vehicles and will advise the owners to bring their vehicles into local dealers for repair. The repairs and inspections will be of no charge to the owners. The cars will have the wheel lug nuts replaced and, if necessary, the rear disc brakes will be replaced as well. Ford will begin sending notices to owners starting around January 24, 2012.
The NHTSA began its investigation approximately one year ago in January 2011, after receiving four complaints of wheel stud issues on the 2010 Ford Fusion. One of the vehicles reported broken wheel studs on more than one wheel. The reported Fusions had low mileage and there were no accidents or injuries involved in any of the reported vehicles.
By August 2011, the NHTSA had received 29 reports which caused it to widen the scope of its investigation. Similarly, these vehicles had low mileage and no accidents or injuries were reported.
This recall may lead to lawsuits for individuals who have already been victims of the faulty wheel studs. The danger of this recall is obvious and injuries may have been caused. If Ford was careless or negligent in manufacturing the affected vehicles, individuals may have strong causes of action against the motor company.
Source: Source: Consumer Reports, "Recall: 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan for bad wheel studs," 12/9/2011