Imagine peacefully driving on the highway when all of a sudden your car jolts like you’ve hit a giant pothole. The next thing you know you see your front wheel slowly rolling away toward the shoulder.
Though it may seem like the scene out of a cartoon, that’s exactly what could happen if you have a Mercury Milan or Ford Fusion. The 2010 and 2011 Milan and Fusion models that feature 17-inch steel wheels are being recalled, Ford announced Friday. The sedans’ wheel studs can fracture, causing the vehicle to shake. If the problem is not fixed, the wheel can literally fall off the car.
The Ford Motor Company is recalling 128,616 sedans it says are affected. It said the problem may be due to wheel mounting pads or rear brake discs that were built incorrectly.
America’s No. 2 automaker said vehicles with alloy wheels are not affected, but vehicles sold with service steel wheels are indeed being recalled.
Ford says, as of September 30, they have encountered this problem six times, five of which occurring to a rear wheel.