2014 Ford Edge Sport Wheel Fracture Incident Leads to an NHTSA Investigation

Just as the 2015 Ford Edge got the thumbs up from the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program for the safety it offers in a crash situation, the 2014 model year got into a bit of trouble. The peeps from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probes an incident involving a 2014 model year Ford Edge Sport wearing 22-inch alloy wheels.
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Just a few days ago, NHTSA action number PE15020 was opened by the Office of Defects Investigation after a single consumer complaint. The preliminary evaluation comes as a response after ODI received a complaint on November 29 last year. In ODI number 10661278, we’re informed by the owner of a 2014 Ford Edge Sport about a “sudden failure of an original equipment 22-inch alloy rim.” Jinkies!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was told that the right-front corner of the 2014 Ford Edge Sport “suddenly dropped while driving.” As a consequence, the mid-size SUV got “off the road and into a field.” The right-front wheel rim was found to have broken into two pieces.

Curiously enough, the owner alleges that there was no prior warning or wheel related problems with the vehicle. The 2014 Ford Edge Sport in question had been driven approximately 8,500 miles (13,680 kilometers) at the time of the incident. Truth be told, it’s as rare as hen’s teeth for the NHTSA to start investigating an incident after one complaint.

The ODI resume notes that an estimated 20,000 units of the 2014 Ford Edge Sport may be affected if this complaint turns into a safety recall campaign or a voluntary recall. The preliminary evaluation from ODI’s part was opened to assess the safety-related consequences, scope and the frequency of the alleged defect.


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