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Federal regulators say the bolts that fasten the wheels to the frame can fracture on certain vehicles, causing a vibration that, if ignored, could cause the wheels to detach from the car.
The Detroit automaker’s recall only affects cars with 17-inch steel wheels built from April 1, 2009, through April 30, 2009, and from Dec. 1, 2009 to Nov. 13, 2010.
Ford says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
When the recall begins around Jan. 24, dealers will be able to replace the lug nuts on all four wheels of affected vehicles and check the rear disc brake surface.