The auto industry is no stranger to recalls and quality concerns, but the latest investigation involving Ford has sounded alarm bells for over 700,000 vehicle owners. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated a massive probe into Ford vehicles, suspecting a potentially grave engine flaw rooted in a faulty valve.
This development, originally unveiled by Reuters, has raised concerns about the sudden loss of engine power these vehicles might undergo while on the road, without any preceding warning. This dangerous malfunction has been traced back to a specific valve present in the 2.7L and 3.0L EcoBoost engines. The recalled encompasses a variety of models from the 2021 and 2022 line-up, including the Ford Bronco, Edge, Explorer, F-150, as well as the Lincoln Aviator and Nautilus.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the NHTSA has tackled this issue. The agency initially opened its doors to an investigation encompassing 25,000 vehicles in July 2022. The current, expanded investigation has escalated the matter to an engineering analysis, a phase that might precipitate a full-fledged recall.
Ford’s proactive collaboration with the NHTSA has been noteworthy. The automaker has not only been transparent in sharing data but has also illuminated the root cause of the defect. The data provided showcases the flaw existing across the ‘Nano’ engine family, enveloping both 2.7L and 3.0L EcoBoost variants. The culprit? An alloy named “Silchrome Lite” used in the engines. Ford revealed that this material might undergo a hardening and embrittlement process if exposed to excessive temperatures during component machining. While the company transitioned to an alternative material in October 2021, the implications of earlier models remain a concern.
Despite this ominous situation, a silver lining does exist. It is believed that this issue could result in accidents leading to fatalities or injuries. So far, there have been over 320 complaints, 400 warranty claims, and a whopping more than 800 engine replacements tied to the defect.
Legal Recourse for Affected Ford Owners
Owners of affected vehicles may wonder what their legal rights are when injured in an accident caused by this defect. In circumstances where a product fails to fulfill its advertised safety standards or functions, the manufacturer might face liability. If individuals have encountered damages, either material or emotional, due to the premature engine failure, they might be eligible to initiate a product liability lawsuit against Ford.
Potential claimants injured in these engine failure accidents could seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, repairs or replacements, loss of vehicle value, rental car expenses, emotional distress, and other consequential economic and non-economic damages. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that an individual has experienced an accident owing to this defect, they might be entitled to further compensation.
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