According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has announced yet another in a series of recalls of vehicles featuring the fuel-saving EcoBoost technology. This time, the 2012 Ford Edge is singled out. Again, we are told, a fire could result from the potential defect prompting the recall.
5,500 2012 Ford Edge crossover SUVs targeted
The current recall, announced on Sept. 15, targets more than 5,o00 Edge crossover SUVs from the model year 2012. It affects the models powered by the 2-liter EcoBoost engine.
Potential fuel leak
According to the automaker, the fuel-line pulse damper housings may be cracked as the result of a manufacturing defect. Those defects could lead to fuel leaks. And of course when fuel leaks where it should not be, that creates the potential for an engine compartment fire.
Ford said that it is aware of 11 incidents of fuel leaks in 2012 Edges with EcoBoost. However, it also said it was unaware of any fires starting as a result of the issue.
The automaker blamed a supplier in Michigan for providing the defective parts.
Previous EcoBoost-model recalls
This marks the third recall of a Ford model equipped with an EcoBoost engine this summer alone. Could the automaker have moved too quickly in taking its fuel-conserving technology to the assembly line?
In late July, Ford recalled 11,500 Escape Crossovers from the model year 2013, equipped with the 1.6 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The recall was started because of a possibly leaky fuel line that could have led to combustion. In that effort, Ford urged owners to refrain from driving their vehicles and even offered them loaner cars until a fix could be affected.
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Early in September, the automaker also called back 6,100 Escape crossover from the model year 2013 that were fitted with the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine. That recall was prompted by a possible coolant leak that, in extreme cases, could cause an engine fire.
In a series of unfortunate EcoBoost summertime recalls, only the 2013 Escape, equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, seems to have lived up to its name and… escaped.
Owners notified soon
The current recall of the 2012 Edge officially begins on Sept. 24. The affected Owners will be notified nationwide by Ford, from Spokane to Miami. Technicians at Ford dealerships will inspect the vehicles and replace the fuel-line pulse damper housings as needed, free of charge. Ford can be reached at 866-436-7332 to answer any further questions.
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