Ford Issues Recall for 345K Escapes and Bronco Sports Due Oil Leaks Potentially Causing Fires
Ford announced that it will be recalling 345,451 Escapes and Bronco Sport crossovers that have been equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. According to Ford, the recall is due to the oil separator housings leaking oil that could come into contact with heated engine parts and cause a potential fire.
Currently, there have been 15 reported oil leaks and/or fires submitted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Thankfully, there have been no injuries or fatalities. Drivers that have experienced this issue claim to detect the scent of oil or see smoke being emitted from the hood.
This recall will be issued for 2020-2022 Ford Escapes that were produced between November 19th, 2018, and March 1st, 2022. The same applies to the newer 2021-2022 Bronco Sports, which have also been equipped with the same 1.5-liter engine.
Owners can expect to receive a recall in the mail by April 18th and are recommended to take their vehicles to dealerships where the issue will be solved for free. The oil separator will be replaced if it is found to be either damaged and/or malfunctioning.