Beware the 2013 Ford Fusion or at least the right front wheel

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As I was driving my Ford Fusion down a city street, about to turn into Costco, the right front wheel fell off my car. I lost control of the car, and it came screeching to a halt. Fortunately, I was only driving about 20 miles per hour. Had I been going faster, the failure could have resulted in death or injury.

The wheel fell off the car due to a failed ball joint even though the vehicle only had
67,120 miles, had received regular maintenance, and had not been in an accident. Ford denies any responsibility for the failure, although it seems obvious that the wheel of
a four year old car with relatively low mileage should not simply fall off the car.  Ford told me exactly what I could do with my request for assistance with the repairs. Ford’s response shocked me, given that the company’s potential liability would have been far greater had their been death or injury.

Damage to the vehicle was significant enough that I am not planning to drop my claim against Ford. I will just have to wait and see if the courts hold Ford responsible for a clearly defective vehicle, or perhaps Ford will become more flexible once a case is filed.

I also filed a Vehicle safety complaint with NHTSA to make others aware of this potential safety defect.

The photos I took after this incident show exactly what happens when a wheel falls off a Ford Fusion.  It’s not pretty.

Please share this post. I would like to make others aware of this potential defect.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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