Report of Cracked Wheel Rim Prompts Investigation into Ford Edge Vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a new defect investigation affecting certain model year 2014 Ford Edge vehicles.
An estimated 20,000 Edge vehicles could be impacted.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says that it received an owner complaint reporting the sudden failure of an original equipment 22-inch alloy wheel rim on a 2014 Edge vehicle.
According to the complaint, the right-front corner of the vehicle suddenly dropped while it was in motion, causing the vehicle to drive off the road and into a field. At that time, the right-front wheel rim was found to have broken into two pieces. The complainant said that, prior to this incident, there were no warning signs or previous wheel related problems with the vehicle.
The vehicle had been driven approximately 8,500 miles at the time of the incident.
ODI has opened a preliminary evaluation to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect in the subject Ford Edge vehicles.
Upon the conclusion of this initial investigation, ODI will decide whether further investigation into the matter is warranted. If a defect is found to be present, the impacted Ford Edge vehicles could eventually be recalled for repair.
Owners with further questions about this investigation can contact NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.