The government has added the Mercury Milan to an investigation into reports of wheel studs breaking on some 2010 model Ford Fusion sedans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the investigation now affects more than 317,000 of the midsize sedans. The Milan and Fusion share many components. Wheel studs are the bolts that hold the wheel to the car. The agency has received 29 complaints about the studs breaking, including four cases of wheels becoming separated from the car. The government says there have been no crashes or injuries reported. The complaints involved vehicles with low mileage — 5,000 miles to 11,000 miles. The government began investigating the problem with 280,000 Fusions in January. Ford is looking into the cause, but the cars haven’t been recalled.
U.S. safety regulators have upgraded an investigation into consumer complaints that 2010 model year Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan cars may suffer from wheel stud fractures that could cause a wheel to come off. The preliminary investigation of 317,315 Ford Motor Co. mid-sized sedans was upgraded to an engineering analysis, according to information posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
There were 29 complaints and 128 warranty claims related to complaints of fractures in one or more wheel mounting studs on the cars, according to NHTSA, which said it is aware of four reported incidents in which a wheel separated from a car related to the alleged defect. An engineering analysis typically follows a preliminary investigation, as safety regulators look into a potential problem. These types of investigations can, but do not always, lead to recalls should NHTSA determine a safety issue needs to be addressed by a manufacturer.
Source: USA Today
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