In March 2021, owners of Ford and Lincoln vehicles filed a class-action lawsuit in Arkansas because of problems with the manufacturers’ EcoBoost engine. According to the claim, Ford has failed to adequately address a defect that leads to premature engine breakdown.
If you own a Ford or Lincoln, review the details to see whether this issue may impact your vehicle.
The Arkansas lawsuit alleges that the EcoBoost engine block and cylinder head have design defects that prevent coolant from circulating as intended.
Because of this issue, coolant leaks from the engine block into the cylinders, wearing down components and shortening the expected lifespan of the vehicle. In some instances, the engine may overheat and catch fire, posing the risk of serious injury.
The problem reportedly affects vehicles equipped with a 1.5L, 1.6L or 2.0L EcoBoost engine, which includes:
- Lincoln MKZ, 2017 – 2019 model year
- Lincoln MKC, 2017 – 2019 model year
- Ford Edge, 2015 – 2019 model year
- Ford Escape, 2013 – 2019 model year
While Ford recalled a host of vehicles for a similar issue in 2017, the manufacturer simply had owners install a coolant level sensor and did not address the risk for fire associated with the defect. The new claim alleges that Ford has known about the design problems with EcoBoost since 2010 or earlier. Many owners of the affected vehicles have sought engine repairs under warranty, much sooner than expected for a new or late-model vehicle.
If you own one of the models mentioned above, you may have legal recourse if your vehicle does not work as expected because of engine problems.