Just days after issuing a recall affecting more than 142,500 MKC SUVs from its luxury arm Lincoln, Ford is now recalling a population of its Escape SUV and Maverick pickup truck, as well as the Lincoln Corsair SUV, for a serious issue that could lead to an engine compartment failure. The recall is an expansion of a previous recall that affected more than 100,000 examples of the same models.
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Affected vehicles include model-year 2020-23 Escapes, 2022-23 Mavericks and 2021-23 Corsairs equipped with 2.5-liter hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines. Should the engine fail prematurely, large amounts of oil and fuel vapor could accumulate under the hood and travel to ignition sources, resulting in melted components, smoke or a potential fire, increasing the risk of injury.
The remedy is currently under development, but Ford is advising owners to park and shut off their vehicle immediately if they hear unusual engine noises, notice a reduction in power or observe smoke. Vehicles previously repaired under the original recall will need to have the new remedy performed, as well. The automaker will begin notifying owners of the risk June 12, but those with further questions in the meantime can call Ford at 866-436-7332 (Ford’s number for this recall is 23S27), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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