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Ford is Launching Two Recalls that Affect a Total of 737,000 Vehicles in the U.S.

Ford is launching two large recall campaigns totaling 737,000 units.

  • The first recall is due to a fire risk in vehicles equipped with the 1.5L EcoBoost engine

  • The second recall is caused by a software problem with the trailer brake system

  • Affected models include the Bronco Sport, Escape, Maverick, Expedition, Navigator, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550.

Ford is launching two different recalls at the same time which affect a total of 737,000 vehicles in the United States, with the number of affected Canadian vehicles yet to be disclosed.

The first one of the two campaigns is in response to a risk of fire in vehicles equipped with the 1.5L EcoBoost engine.

345,451 units of the Bronco Sport and the Escape from the 2020 to 2022 model years, two vehicles that share many mechanical components, could have been fitted with a fragile oil separator. The housing of the oils separator inside the 1.5L engine could crack, which would result in an oil leak that could cause an under-hood fire if said oil were to enter in contact with hot engine parts.

To remedy this problem, Ford dealers will inspect the oil separator and replace it, along with its seals, if a problem is found. Owners will begin to receive letters informing them of this recall on April 18th.

2022 Ford Maverick | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The second recall affects 391,836 units of the Maverick, Expedition, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550 and the Lincoln Navigator, all from the 2021 or 2022 model year.

In these vehicles, a software problem in vehicles equipped with an electric or an electric-over-hydraulic trailer brake system could malfunction. This means that a trailer towed by the vehicle may not brake, thus increasing the stopping distance and the risk of an accident.

Ford dealers will have to upgrade the software of the integrated trailer brake control module. The letters informing owners of this recall will begin to be mailed on April 18th.

The inspections and the repairs mandated by these two recall campaigns will be free of charge to the owners of the affected vehicles.

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