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

I do that all the time. I also make sure the Rod is OK. I have been known to sling a Rod.

21 posted on 12/10/2011 6:29:18 AM PST by DeaconRed (I know how to get Grinch Ginrich to drop in the poles. He will if I endorse him. All my others did)
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To: Blueflag

Not supercharged but it is a 3.5 liter V-6 with four valve heads. 265 horsepower, I think...


22 posted on 12/10/2011 6:31:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Oztrich Boy
There are always teething problems with new technology.

Ooh, Ooh Ooh! I got it - I got it!


23 posted on 12/10/2011 6:34:39 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: Libloather

Thanks for posting. Now can you direct me to the threads you started regarding all...and I mean all...the Toyota recalls?


24 posted on 12/10/2011 6:35:32 AM PST by SMM48
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To: Libloather; Oztrich Boy

I feel fairly certain there was a large tongue-in-cheek / sarcasm factor with his post.


25 posted on 12/10/2011 6:36:56 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SMM48
and I mean all...the Toyota recalls?

The ones where the wheels fall off and go further than the car? I don't remember any.

26 posted on 12/10/2011 6:43:52 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Perdogg

Chinese bolts.


27 posted on 12/10/2011 6:51:07 AM PST by Roklok
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To: Libloather

Actually, the Fusion is one of the more reliable cars on the road, overall.

Wife talked me into getting a Volkswagen Passat when we bought our last car. I was pushing for a Fusion Sport AWD, but she hated it.

The Passat was hauled back to the VW dealer twice on a flatbed in the first three months we owned it.

I have a buddy who bought a Milan around the same time. Never had a single problem with it.


28 posted on 12/10/2011 6:51:19 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: Libloather
ChiCom bolts???
29 posted on 12/10/2011 6:54:14 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Libloather

I’ve got a 2006 Fusion that I absolutely love and has performed just as well as any one of those ‘lofty’ imports have. I also have a ‘98 Explorer that sits out in the hottest of summers and the coldest of winters and has been an extremely reliable vehicle for me for the last 13 years, so I think the Ford bashing is a bit childish.


30 posted on 12/10/2011 6:59:32 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: FLAMING DEATH

The Sport AWD is due here the first week in January...


31 posted on 12/10/2011 7:04:08 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: reagan_fanatic
I think the Ford bashing is a bit childish.

I do enjoy pulling people's strings. Actually owned a Ford product - back in the day. Sexiest thing I've ever seen on four wheels.


32 posted on 12/10/2011 7:07:46 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Oceander

Every Ford I’ve ever owned went over 200K including two Fiestas that exceeded that mark after I sold them. Our best have been CVs and Marquis.


33 posted on 12/10/2011 7:13:53 AM PST by mcshot (Neither handsome nor handy but took an oath and will vote to save our Country.)
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To: Libloather

Nice. It’s ironic that one of the worst cars I’ve ever owned was a Ford - a 1973 Galaxy 500 2 door hard top. Biggest POS I’ve ever seen. Everything that could go wrong with that car went wrong. It got to a point where we just said f-— it and got rid of it. The engineers who designed that rolling crapbucket must have been utter idiots.


34 posted on 12/10/2011 7:22:04 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Libloather
The ones where the wheels fall off and go further than the car? I don't remember any.

Typical answer from a closet lib.

The point is, when an American (car) Company has a recall, it's a BIG DEAL. When Toyota has a recall, not so much.

35 posted on 12/10/2011 7:29:53 AM PST by SMM48
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To: Iron Munro

“No excuse for something as basic as this to go wrong.”

Yeah its not like a:

- brake problem (Toyota)
- Fuel tank (ford) oops is that a basic requirement?
- tires (Honda)
- Airbags (Chrysler)
- Airbags (Honda)
- Engine (Eagle RVs with the Cummins engine) Is that basic?
- Fuel pump (Yamaha)

There are 7 more pages of these for just 2011.


36 posted on 12/10/2011 7:31:29 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SMM48

“The point is, when an American (car) Company has a recall, it’s a BIG DEAL. When Toyota has a recall, not so much. “

Not really, there are lots of recalls. According to real data Fords ranker higher than some others but generally not as high as Toyota or Honda. Depends on the model and year of the vehicle in question.

Anything UAW touches turns to crap eventually.


37 posted on 12/10/2011 7:35:45 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RayChuang88

I just got the Sport edition, picked it up the day before Thanksgiving. My mechanic said that if I wanted a reliable car, that would go and go, and except for routine maintenance, the Fit was it. He has two of them.

Heh, mine’s red though. :-D


38 posted on 12/10/2011 7:43:41 AM PST by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: driftdiver
“No excuse for something as basic as this to go wrong.”

Yeah its not like a:

- brake problem (Toyota)
- Fuel tank (ford) oops is that a basic requirement?
- tires (Honda)
- Airbags (Chrysler)
- Airbags (Honda)
- Engine (Eagle RVs with the Cummins engine) Is that basic?
- Fuel pump (Yamaha) There are 7 more pages of these for just 2011.

LUG NUT; one moving part. Very complicated.


39 posted on 12/10/2011 7:46:58 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: SMM48
The point is, when an American (car) Company has a recall, it's a BIG DEAL.

Yep.

40 posted on 12/10/2011 7:51:31 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Iron Munro

Technically the problem was metallurgy which is a fairly complex subject. Tough for some people to understand.


41 posted on 12/10/2011 8:08:45 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Libloather

The Fusion, Milan, and MKZ are built on a Mazda platform and assembled in Mexico. Are these red-blooded “American” cars?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Fusion_(Americas)

“The Fusion is manufactured at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, where the similar and now discontinued Mercury Milan and the Lincoln MKZ are also built.[4] All three cars utilize the CD3 platform, which is, in fact, Mazda’s current GG chassis as used for the Mazda6 (M/Y 2003–2008).”


42 posted on 12/10/2011 8:45:07 AM PST by Seizethecarp
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To: econjack

Ya beat me to it!

:-P


43 posted on 12/10/2011 8:59:28 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: RikaStrom
I love my new Honda Fit Sport AT except for one thing: you feel every bump on the road on poor-quality surfaces. But everything I love, especially the amazing amount of interior space for such a small car.
44 posted on 12/10/2011 9:01:40 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Voter#537

Yes, but do you check your dipstick on a regular basis? You don’t want your engine to seize up in a critical juncture, do you?

:-P


45 posted on 12/10/2011 9:03:03 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: RayChuang88

It’s your tires. The more tirewall between the rims and the tread, the more smooth the ride... but it’ll sacrifice some handling.


46 posted on 12/10/2011 9:06:56 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: driftdiver
Technically the problem was metallurgy which is a fairly complex subject. Tough for some people to understand.

Lug Nut making is a pretty well settled "technology" - right?


47 posted on 12/10/2011 9:30:45 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: econjack

But this is while they are parked!!


48 posted on 12/10/2011 10:03:01 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Blueflag

Ditto our 1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer with 170k on the clock. The idler pulley failed once and that’s it! Just normal routine maintenance (oil, plugs, tires, alignment). The front bushings all need replacement now as the rubber has dried out. Simply astounding. Our ‘04 Expedition is almost as good, but has more nuisance problems.


49 posted on 12/10/2011 10:05:28 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Libloather

“Fix Or Repair Daily. “

AHEM.....

First On Race Day


50 posted on 12/10/2011 10:11:48 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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