Ford recalls 125,000 vehicles over engine failure that could cause fires

The Ford recall covers various Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs and Maverick compact pickup trucks with 2.5L hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines from the 2020-2023 model years.

The Ford recall covers various Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs and Maverick compact pickup trucks with 2.5L hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines from the 2020-2023 model years. (David ‘Dee’ Delgado, Reuters)

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WASHINGTON β€” Ford expanded Tuesday to issue a new recall for 125,000 sport utility vehicles and trucks because engine malfunctions could cause fires.

According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall covers various Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs and Maverick compact pickup trucks from the 2020-2023 model years with 2.5L hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines.

Isolated engine manufacturing problems can cause the engine to shut down prematurely and in that event engine oil or fuel vapor can be released, increasing the risk of fire and injury.

Ford initially recalled 100,000 Escape, Corsair and Maverick in the U.S. in July 2022, after identifying 23 reports of fire or smoke worldwide after a suspected blockage or oil pan breach.

Ford said Tuesday that at least three vehicles caught fire after receiving a 2022 recall fix.

Ford and safety management advised owners to stop and stop the engine if they hear an unexpected engine noise, experience a loss of vehicle power, or see smoke.

A new recall fix is ​​in development, Ford said.

No. 2 The U.S. automaker said last week it was recalling 142,000 Lincoln MKC SUVs in the U.S. due to fire risks and advised owners to stay indoors and out of buildings until the recall is completed.

Ford said last week that dealers will add an in-line fuse to the battery monitor sensor power circuit.

Contribution: Mirunmai Day and Nathan Gomes

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