Ford Motor Company (Ford) issued a recall March 25th for more than 345,000 vehicles including the Ford Escape SUV to fix oil leaks that could lead to an engine fire.
However, the recall is not an isolated case. It’s the latest of multiple recalls for the popular Ford Escape SUVs, one of the automaker’s top-selling vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s website.
This particular recall affects the 2020 through 2022 Ford Escapes with the 1.5-Liter engine. It also affects the 2021-2022 Bronco Sport SUVs. The automaker says a housing can crack and lead to oil leaking onto engine parts, possibly creating a fire hazard.
The fire may erupt due to a faulty part within the vehicle’s lubrication system. Should that part fail, it could leak oil onto hot engine components and set off a fire. Drivers have reportedly noticed the smell of oil or seen smoke coming from under the hood.
Ford is aware of 15 cases of engine oil leaks and/or fires. However, there are no reports of injuries or crashes resulting from this issue.
Ford Escape SUV Complaints
Owners of the Ford Escape are reporting numerous complaints to the NHTSA about the SUV over the past couple of years. These are not small problems, but rather major safety issues. Some drivers reported their brakes repeatedly failed. Another Ford Escape owner said they “lost all power” and had to suddenly pull over due to the failure of the electric motor cooling pump. Hybrid owners complained their SUV’s battery failed and they stalled. One owner related having to abruptly pull over their 4-month-old car’s engine became engulfed in flames. These issues eventually resulted in some of the following recalls.
March 11, 2022 Recall
Ford is recalling certain 2021-2022 Escape vehicles equipped with a 2.5L Hybrid powertrain engine. The high voltage battery may fail, resulting in a sudden loss of drive power.
November 2021 Recalls
(Nov. 10, 2021) Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling one 2021 Escape vehicle equipped with a 2.5L hybrid powertrain. The high voltage battery may fail, resulting in a sudden loss of drive power.
(Nov. 23, 2021) Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Escape vehicles. The rear brake linings may have been manufactured incorrectly, which can affect braking performance. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 135, “Light Vehicle Brake Systems.”
August 10, 2021 Recall
Fuel delivery module may leak: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021 Escape vehicles. The fuel delivery module may leak inside the fuel tank, causing low fuel pressure which could result in an engine stall.
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