Did you ever think a pack of weed the size of a tire would make for a decent spare? You’d have been smoking a huge chunk of it if you did. But from the looks of it, it appears someone along Ford’s production line at Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico found it fitting for the new Ford Fusions rolling out of their plant.
After touching down at a dealership in Youngstown, Ohio, Fusions loaded with pairs of half-crescent packs of weed in place of spare tires were found between the dates of July 7 to 11. Authorities are currently looking into just how these tires were substituted for grass along the production line or in transit – and who failed to pick them all up.
Each wheel found inside the Fusions weighed 14.5 kilos, and this recent discovery yielded a total of 15 cars loaded with the odd spares in Ohio alone. Authorities indicate that similar cases involving ‘420’d’ Ford Fusions have also recently been identified in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, as well as in Phoenix.
"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously," said a Ford Motor Company spokesman. "We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation. We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards."
As for the Ford Fusion, the D-segment sedan remains to be a strong seller for the automaker in North America. As far as we know, most were sold without this special 'option'.