Ford Motor Company recalled 33,228 new vehicles in North America for possible burn risk and power loss including vehicles that are sometimes used as hotel and airport shuttles and ambulances. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the 2021 Ford E-Series vans with a 7.3-liter engine may have insulation under the engine cover that fails to extend over the whole area as intended.
Recalled Vehicles and Repair Information
This allows heat from the engine to make the cover too hot. The situation may be worsened in vans modified with “stationary elevated idle control or battery charge protect.” Direct contact with the engine cover in the passenger compartment may cause burn injuries to the driver or the front passenger. The 2021 Ford E-Series is mainly used for commercial purposes – to transport individuals to hotels, to and from the airport and for ambulances.
Ford has said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem. Nearly 30,000 vehicles in the United States have been affected by this recall. The affected vehicles were manufactured in Ohio from May 11, 2019, to Nov. 13, 2020. When the recall begins, dealers will check the engine cover for gaps between the rubber seal and the insulation. If needed, they will install insulation patches in the right and left inner lower corners of the engine cover. The dealer will also update the powertrain calibration for heat management under certain idle conditions.
Ford has also recalled some 2020-21 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles because the motor mount fasteners may come loose and disconnect from the engine, which could lead to loss of power. About 1,405 vehicles are involved in this recall. Dealers will replace the right-hand motor mount fasteners. Back in November, the Ford Explorer was named one of the lowest-scoring models from any manufacturer in Consumer Reports’ annual auto reliability survey. Owners complained about a host of issues including transmission, engine and electrical issues.
Auto Product Liability Issues
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto, it is important to remember that you have legal rights. You may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have suffered. Victims and families would be well advised to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who can help them secure maximum compensation for their losses and hold the negligent automakers accountable.