Ford Motor today announced the recall of about 129,000 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion sedans that may suffer wheel stud fractures, causing the vehicles' 17-inch steel wheels to fall off.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects 2010 and 2011 models built from April 1 through April 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through November 13, 2010. (To see the recall notice, click here and search on NHTSA campaign ID number 11V574000. No permalink, unfortunately.)
The recall announcement states that while the car is in use, "multiple stud fractures could occur at the wheel location, and the operator may experience vehicle vibration and/or wheel separation, increasing the risk of a crash."
Ford will notify owners of the vehicles included in the recall beginning the week of January 24, 2012. Owners will have to make an appointment with a Ford dealership for a rear brake disc inspection, and have the wheel lug nuts replaced on all four wheels. Owners may call the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.