DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.7 million of its best-selling pickups and sport-utilities because faulty lug nuts could cause the wheels to fall off the vehicles.
The recall covers all 1997 Ford F-150 and light-duty F-250 pickups, Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators. Also recalled are 1998 Expeditions and Navigators built through April 8, 1998, and 1998 F-150 and light-duty F-250 models built through April 17, 1998.
Ford said it has received reports of 98 instances of wheel separation, 34 accidents and four injuries.
The recall does not include the Ford F-250 Super Duty, which uses a different platform from the recalled models.
Ford is replacing the faulty lug nuts with new nuts that use a different type of coating. 'Due to an interference condition caused by the coating design, some of the affected vehicles may have lug nuts that may loosen and not hold a wheel to the vehicle,' Ford said.
In October 1997, Ford recalled 1997 and 1998 Expedition, Navigator, F-150 and light-duty F-250 models to fix a faulty shift cable. Ford also recalled 27,000 1997 Expeditions for suspension weld attachments.