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Ford Fusion wheel part could be subject of NHTSA probe
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January 25, 2011


DETROIT (Reuters) -- U.S. safety regulators said today they have opened a preliminary investigation into a potential problem with wheel studs on 2010 Ford Motor Co. Fusion models.

The hot-selling family sedan has been key to Ford's rebound. About 220,000 Fusions were sold last year, a rise of 21 percent, as sales fell for its two biggest competitors, Toyota Motor Corp.'s Camry and Honda Motor Co.'s Accord.

Regulators with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they have received four complaints regarding fractures of wheel studs in Fusions with low mileage.

Wheel studs are the screws that secure a wheel to a vehicle, held in place by a lug nut. A fracture in a wheel stud may cause loss of control of the vehicle.

NHTSA said that the investigation may involve as many as 281,250 model year 2010 Ford Fusions.

A Ford spokesman said: "We are aware of the investigation and are fully cooperating with the government as always."


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Most likely, this isn't an equipment defect. The lug nuts were probably overtorqued by the mechanics at the shop. It happens all the time on all kinds of vehicles because the mechanics are using air tools and they tighten the lug nuts too much.
 
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