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Ford to recall Fusion, Milan sedans because wheels could fall off due to bolt problem
Washington Post ^ | 12/09/11

Posted on 12/10/2011 5:22:22 AM PST by Libloather

Edited 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ford; fusion; milan; recall
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1 posted on 12/10/2011 5:22:30 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Found On Road Dead


2 posted on 12/10/2011 5:23:34 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Libloather

“Federal regulators say that bolts holding the wheels on can fracture, causing a vibration.”

Regulators need to first regulate the union thugs.


3 posted on 12/10/2011 5:25:52 AM PST by sagar
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To: Libloather
...because the wheels can fall off the cars.

Almost never a good thing...

4 posted on 12/10/2011 5:28:40 AM PST by econjack
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To: Libloather

Drivers are encouraged to periodically pull over to the side of the road and check their nuts.


5 posted on 12/10/2011 5:30:36 AM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 was Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: Libloather

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.


6 posted on 12/10/2011 5:30:48 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Blueflag

I am trading our ‘08 Taurus for a ‘12 Fusion.

It will come with 18 inch wheels and the AWD option.


7 posted on 12/10/2011 5:37:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Libloather
There's a good reason why after thirteen years of yeoman's service, I replaced 1998 Honda Civic HX CVT coupe with this very car:

I want a car with a good mechanical reputation.

8 posted on 12/10/2011 5:44:08 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Libloather

There are always teething problems with new technology.


9 posted on 12/10/2011 5:48:10 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Libloather

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.


10 posted on 12/10/2011 5:53:31 AM PST by Oceander (TINSTAAFL - Mother Nature Abhors a Free Lunch almost as much as She Abhors a Vacuum)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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.


11 posted on 12/10/2011 5:56:52 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Oztrich Boy
There are always teething problems with new technology.

Wheels? They kinda came first - no?

12 posted on 12/10/2011 6:01:52 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Blueflag

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!


13 posted on 12/10/2011 6:05:13 AM PST by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Libloather
Good heavens!!! Ford can't even make/buy/inspect bolts anymore????

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!

14 posted on 12/10/2011 6:10:14 AM PST by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: Libloather

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.


15 posted on 12/10/2011 6:11:25 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Perdogg

My son told me that FORD spelled backward is Driver Returns On Foot.


16 posted on 12/10/2011 6:16:18 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: Oztrich Boy
There are always teething problems with new technology.

And bolting on the wheels is cutting edge.

17 posted on 12/10/2011 6:16:56 AM PST by PAR35
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To: Libloather; Perdogg

Speed kills; play it safe; buy a Ford


18 posted on 12/10/2011 6:21:39 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Don't worry, most of us got the joke.
19 posted on 12/10/2011 6:22:05 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Libloather

The bolts were cracking because they received too much heat from driving by those burning Chevy Volts.


20 posted on 12/10/2011 6:27:24 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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