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Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Leaking Engine Coolant Class Action

Ford Motor Company uses its Ecoboost engines in many of its vehicles, including Ford Escapes, Fusions, and Edges and Lincoln MKCs and MKZs. The engines come in different sizes, but the complaint for this class action alleges they all have the same defect: They can leak coolant, which can lead to overheating, engine failure, and engine fires, among other things.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons and entities in the US who bought or leased one of the class vehicles. (See below for a list.) Subclasses have also been defined for those who bought or leased their vehicles in Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, or New Jersey.

The class vehicles include the following models which contain 1.5 L, 1.6L, or 2.0L Ecoboost engines:

  • 2013-2019 Ford Escapes
  • 2013-2019 Ford Fusions
  • 2015-2018 Ford Edges
  • 2017-2019 Lincoln MKCs
  • 2017-2019 Lincoln MKZs

Coolant is important to the safe and proper operation of the engine. The complaint says, “Leaking coolant casus overheating, can result in the cylinder head cracking, and, in some cases, can cause total engine failures and engine fires, even at low mileage.” Also a concern is the where the leaked coolant goes: “Having coolant in the cylinders of the engine can also cause corrosion, oil dilution and contamination, and other engine damage.”

Ford is aware of the problem and has been since around 2010, the complaint alleges, but does not have a real fix for it. Instead, the complaint claims it performs “temporary stop-gap remedies such as installing coolant sensors.” The sensors can alert the driver to the level of the coolant, but it cannot stop the leaking. “Ford may otherwise simply perform ineffective replacement of certain parts,” the complaint says, “thereby never actually addressing the cause of the Engine Defect.”

Because the leaking is never really stopped, it will be a problem for the vehicle for as long as it is in service. “When a consumer’s Ecoboost engine overheats or fails after expiration of their vehicle’s warranty,” the complaint alleges, “the consumer must pay out-of-pocket for the necessary repairs and[] may still have to return for repeated service visits. These repairs, including a full engine replacement, can total thousands of dollars.”

Because Ford knows about the defect and is still selling vehicles with it, the complaint claims that it is actively and affirmatively concealing the existence of the problem.

The counts allege breaches of warranties and violations of state consumer protection laws, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Leaking Engine Coolant Complaint

November 30, 2020

Ford Motor Company uses its Ecoboost engines in many of its vehicles, including Ford Escapes, Fusions, and Edges and Lincoln MKCs and MKZs. The engines come in different sizes, but the complaint for this class action alleges they all have the same defect: They can leak coolant, which can lead to overheating, engine failure, and engine fires, among other things.

Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Leaking Engine Coolant Complaint

Case Event History

Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Leaking Engine Coolant Complaint

November 30, 2020

Ford Motor Company uses its Ecoboost engines in many of its vehicles, including Ford Escapes, Fusions, and Edges and Lincoln MKCs and MKZs. The engines come in different sizes, but the complaint for this class action alleges they all have the same defect: They can leak coolant, which can lead to overheating, engine failure, and engine fires, among other things.

Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Leaking Engine Coolant Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine Cooler, Engine Defects, Leakage