Own a Ford Escape, Maverick or Lincoln Corsair hybrid recalled for risk of fire? Ford’s proposed fix may violate your consumer rights. You may be entitled to reimbursement for this hazard and Ford’s handling of the issue. Find out your rights »
WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Ford has recalled more than 100,000 of its Escape, Maverick and Lincoln Corsair hybrid models manufactured since 2020 for a risk of spontaneously catching fire due to a safety defect. The issue has been traced to leaking fluid from the vehicles’ engine block or oil pan. In response, rather than fix the faulty engine blocks and oil pans, Ford has issued “fix” instructions to its dealers that ask them to remove blinds from the grill shutter and drill holes in the floor of the engine compartment, potentially causing flammable fluids to drip into the roadway and owners’ garages and driveways. If you own a recalled Escape, Maverick or Corsair hybrid, fill out the form to find out your rights.
WHAT FORD VEHICLES AND MODEL YEARS ARE AFFECTED?
The recall and stop sale reportedly affect vehicles built at Ford’s Louisville and Hermosillo plants between Jan. 19, 2019 and June 13, 2022. Ford has recalled 100,689 vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains, including:
- 2020 – 2022 Ford Escape
- 2021 – 2022 Lincoln Corsair
- 2022 Ford Maverick
- Additional Ford- and Lincoln-branded vehicles and model years are under investigation.
FIRE DEFECT AND FORD’S RESPONSE EXPLAINED
Following more than a dozen reports of underhood fires or smoke, a defect was found in Ford’s vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. The defect can cause fluids to leak from the engine and pool near hot surfaces in the engine bay and exhaust system, causing smoke, ignition and fire. Ford has received at least 23 reports of the issue so far.
Ford’s subsequent recall instructed dealers to drill drain holes in the under-engine shield and remove blinds from the active grille shutter, but the recall included absolutely no information regarding fixing the engine and oil pan breaches.
Owners of affected vehicles are thus left with either a vehicle prone to catching fire during operation, or having the active grill shutter partially disassembled and the engine floor shield drilled full of holes to allow flammable fluids to leak onto their property and roadways.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY FORD OR LINCOLN IS AFFECTED?
Owners of affected cars have reported fires, smoke, underhood melting and hood smoke. Ford has issued a recall, for which affected owners should receive notice. The automaker has also advised owners to park and shut off the engine “as quickly as possible if they hear unexpected engine noises, notice a reduction in vehicle power, or see smoke.” Those affected will also be contacted by Ford and requested to visit a dealer to have the blind removal and engine shield drilling performed free of charge.
If you have been contacted by Ford regarding a recall, appointment at a local dealership, or have experienced any of the above suggestions of a potential vehicle fire, your Escape, Maverick or Corsair is likely affected by this defect and recall.
HOW CAN A CLASS ACTION HELP?
In an auto defect case, a class-action lawsuit often seeks repayment for vehicle owners and lessees for related losses. Class members may have other claims to repayment as well under the law. The lawsuit may seek to create a fund paid for by the automaker to compensate those affected for out-of-pocket costs incurred when trying to fix the effects of the defect, including attempted repairs, replacements, damage to property and other losses due to Ford’s response to the leaking fluids and its effect on owners’ property.
TOP AUTO LITIGATION FIRM
Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against major automakers for emissions-cheating, safety defects and negligence, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in automotive consumer law.
NO COST TO YOU
There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining this case. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class’s legal team. In no case will any class member ever be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.