The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently escalated its investigation of 709,000 Ford vehicles to an engineering analysis, which is one next step closer to issuing a recall. The vehicles are at risk of catastrophic engine failure under normal driving conditions. The potentially affected vehicles are 2021 and 2022 Ford Bronco, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Lincoln Aviator, and Lincoln Nautilus vehicles with 2.7L and 3.0L EcoBoost Engines.
Under normal driving conditions the engines can lose power due to engine failure related to allegedly faulty valves. While there have been no reported deaths, this alleged defect poses a significant safety risk. NHTSA has identified that the defects are linked to an alloy called “Silchrome Lite” that can become excessively hard and brittle under certain conditions during the manufacturing of the engine.
Ford has stated they are working with NHTSA to support the investigation. NHTSA will evaluate how often the problem happens and review the effectiveness of Ford’s manufacturing improvements designed to address the problem.
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a faulty engine from a Ford 2021 and 2022 Ford Bronco, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Lincoln Aviator, or Lincoln Nautilus, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1‑800-870-9584.