Legally reviewed by: Jessica Anvar Stotz, JD, MBA

Ford Motor Company has issued a recall of over 150,000 vehicles due to a potential fire hazard. Affected models include the 2020-2023 Ford Escape, 2022-2023 Ford Maverick, and 2021-2023 Lincoln Corsair. Specifically, those equipped with 2.5L hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines are included in this recall. This is an expansion and replacement of a previous recall announced in July.

The recall stems from a defect that could lead to engine failure. In such a scenario, engine oil and fuel vapor could be released into the engine compartment. If these substances accumulate near ignition sources such as hot engine or exhaust components, it could potentially lead to an engine compartment fire.

The risk associated with this defect is significant as an engine compartment fire greatly increases the likelihood of injury. Therefore, if you own a 2020-2023 Ford Escape, 2022-2023 Ford Maverick, or a 2021-2023 Lincoln Corsair equipped with a 2.5L hybrid or plug-in hybrid engine, it’s crucial to check if your vehicle is included in this recall.

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    Which vehicles are included in the Ford hybrid recall?

    The Ford Escape hybrid recall specifically targets Escape models produced between January 1st, 2019, and May 23rd, 2023, spanning the years 2020 to 2023. It also includes Ford Maverick pickups from the years 2022 to 2023, which were built from February 3rd, 2021, to May 18th, 2023. Lastly, the recall affects Lincoln Corsair crossovers manufactured between October 24th, 2019, and May 11th, 2023, covering the model years 2021 to 2023.

    What causes the Ford 2.5 hybrid engine problems?

    The problems with the Ford 2.5L hybrid engine primarily stem from manufacturing errors. These issues can lead to engine failures, which are often characterized by breaches of the oil pans or engine blocks.

    In the event of such an engine failure, engine oil or fuel vapors could be released into the engine compartment. These flammable materials have the potential to accumulate near or on hot exhaust surfaces. This accumulation can lead to under-hood smoke, melting components, and in some cases, fires.

    This is a significant concern as it increases the risk of an engine compartment fire. As a result of these issues, certain Ford models have been recalled. Ford is actively working on developing a solution to these engine problems.

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    Has Ford released a recall of this nature before?

    Yes, Ford has previously issued a recall like this one. The previous recall involved 2020-2022 Ford Escape SUVs, Ford Maverick pickup trucks, and Lincoln Corsair SUV hybrids that were equipped with the 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain. The concern was that an engine failure could lead to the release of oil and/or fuel vapor, which could potentially result in an under-hood fire.

    The problem was traced back to isolated manufacturing issues with hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Specifically, these issues involved a breach in the engine block or oil pan. This recall affected a total of 100,689 vehicles in the U.S.

    At the time of the recall, Ford stated that it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. Owners were notified in early August. This recall was later expanded and replaced by another recall.

    What should I do if my vehicle experiences 2.5L hybrid engine issues?

    If vehicle owners observe any unusual engine sounds, experience a decrease in vehicle power, or see smoke, the manufacturer is advising them to promptly park their vehicle and turn off the engine. For additional information or assistance, you can reach out to the following contacts, referencing the Ford recall number associated with the 2023 recall:

    Ford Motor Company Recall Number 23S27
    Ford Customer Service 1-866-436-7332
    NHTSA Toll-Free 1-888-327-4236
    NHTSA (TTY) 1-800-424-9153
    NHTSA Website

    Stay updated with all the latest news regarding the Ford fire recall if you own a vehicle with the Ford 2.5L hybrid engine.

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