Detroit: Ford Motor Co recalled nearly 129,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans in the United States citing a risk that the wheels may fall off, US safety regulators said on Friday.

Ford Fusion sedans sit on the lot at a Ford dealership in the US. Photo: Bloomberg

The problems may be caused by steel wheel mounting pads or rear brake discs that have been incorrectly built and cannot properly support the wheel, Ford said.

As of 30 September, Ford has found one case when the front wheel fell off and five cases where the rear wheel dropped off that are possibly due to these problems.

The cars were built at the Hermosillo stamping and assembly plant in Mexico from April 2009 and from December 2009 through 13 November, 2010. Cars with alloy wheels are not affected.

Ford said 128,616 cars are affected by the recall.