Ford has recalled 345,451 vehicles equipped with its 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine due to a possible fire hazard. These cars, which consist of the crossovers Escape and Bronco SportThey could have a problem with their oil separator housings causing oil to leak. In turn, the leak could travel to hot engine components and cause a fire.
Fire reports have been filed.
In the documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15 oil leaks and/or fires have been reported. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of that. Ford notes that drivers can smell oil while driving or see smoke coming out from under the hood; if that is the case, it is best to park the car.
What models are affected in this recall?
The potential problem affects the 2020-2022 Ford Escape built between November 19, 2018 and March 1, 2022. It appears that all Bronco Sports 2021-2022 manufactured with the 1.5-liter engine until recently are involved, as the dates run from February 5th, 2020 to March 4th, 2022.
The fix will be free to owners and the cars will need to be taken to a dealer. If the oil separator housings are found to be damaged or malfunctioning, they will be replaced. Homeowners should receive notice of the recall in the mail around April 18.
Other Ford models have also faced mass recalls.
Ford issued a separate recall for 391,836 of its trucks, including the F-150, Super Duty and Maverick, as well as their Expedition SUV and Lincoln Navigator. There are software issues that can cause trailer braking issues on some of these vehicles, and can allegedly result in the car not signaling the trailer brakes to engage. These problems, likewise, have not caused homeowner injuries, deaths, or accidents.
Regardless, affected owners will need to take their vehicles to the dealer for repairs. This only requires a simple flash to the integrated trailer brake control module, so there is no need to replace hardware. Affected homeowners will also be notified by mail around April 18.
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