Ford Motor Co has recalled nearly 129,000 of its Mercury Milan and
top-selling Ford Fusion in the United States because their 17-inch steel
wheels may fall off, US safety regulators said on Friday.
In some vehicles from model years 2010 and 2011, 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 its website.
Ford, the No. 2 US automaker, said the issue may stem from wheel
mounting pads or rear brake discs that have been incorrectly built and
cannot support the wheel.
The sedans were built at Ford's Hermosillo stamping and assembly plant
in Mexico in April 2009 and from December 2009 through Nov. 13, 2010.