Skip to comments.Ford to recall Fusion, Milan sedans because wheels could fall off due to bolt problem
Posted on 12/10/2011 5:22:22 AM PST by LibloatherEdited on 12/10/2011 6:53:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 128,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years because the wheels can fall off the cars.
The recall affects only cars with 17-inch steel wheels built from April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009, and from Dec. 1, 2009 through Nov. 13, 2010.
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Found On Road Dead
“Federal regulators say that bolts holding the wheels on can fracture, causing a vibration.”
Regulators need to first regulate the union thugs.
Almost never a good thing...
Drivers are encouraged to periodically pull over to the side of the road and check their nuts.
fun to deride, but ...
The most reliable car I have ever owned is:
2001 Ford Escape V6 AWD with 142,000 miles and NO repairs except maintenance items like brakes, tires, plugs.
Next in line is our 1996 Jeep Cherokee (the old style) with the in-line 6. Only issue beyond maintenance is that you simply cannot lean this car out, so it runs through O2 sensors every 50K miles.
Lastly, I also drive a 2010 Fusion SEL 4 cyl that has been a FABULOUS car. I average 29 mpg and can get easily 35 MPG on the highway at 70 MPH. ZERO repair costs. Great fit and finish. SO if it turns out Ford wants to recall my car to replace bad bolts from a supplier, so be it.
I am trading our ‘08 Taurus for a ‘12 Fusion.
It will come with 18 inch wheels and the AWD option.
I want a car with a good mechanical reputation.
There are always teething problems with new technology.
Never had a lick of a problem with any Ford product I’ve owned - had a CV I bought with 129k miles that was still driving better than most other cars with half the mileage. The last time my family had a problem with a Ford product was with a 1990 Taurus sedan - the trannie started to chew itself up after about 50k miles.
Nice. Does that come with the ECOBOOST engine or just the normally aspirated V6?
I am considering adding a 2012 Fiesta SES hatchback to the stable — I4, 5 speed. I have a very patient and accommodating sales rep at our local dealer who has let me test drive one repeatedly. Fun car. Almost as quiet as the Fusion, AND I fit easily (6’4” / 235#). Has a very high zoom zoom factor.
Wheels? They kinda came first - no?
We had a 1990 Mazda 626 that finally died at 426,000 miles after being totaled in a wreck (the roof was wrinkled by the impact, so I could not rebuild it).
I did replace the engine & trans at 359,000 miles. I’d burned a valve earlier and had neither the funds to pay for repairs not the time to do it myself. 9 months of driving it with the burned valve finally wore out that cylinder. It still had the ORIGINAL clutch at 359K!
Reminds me why I haven't ridden rides at the Fair anymore. Mental picture of a ride attendant buying worthless bolts at the local "big box" "home improvement" store to fix the Ferris wheel!
Just when FORD was starting to look like they might have figued out how to do it right.
No excuse for something as basic as this to go wrong.
Manufacturers have only had 100 years and 1 trillion wheels manufactured to get lug nut technology figured out.
My son told me that FORD spelled backward is Driver Returns On Foot.
And bolting on the wheels is cutting edge.
Speed kills; play it safe; buy a Ford
The bolts were cracking because they received too much heat from driving by those burning Chevy Volts.
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