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Ford Edge Ecoboost Engine Faceplate Failure Class Action

This class action takes issue with certain Ford Edge vehicles equipped with 2L I-4 turbocharged Ecoboost automatic-transmission engines. The complaint alleges that the vehicles have defective faceplates, which can crack or shatter, causing the vehicle to lose forward motion.

The Nationwide Class for this action is current and former owners or lessees of a 2015-2018 model Ford Edge equipped with an Ecoboost 2-liter engine. North Carolina and Florida Subclasses have also been proposed for those who bought or leased their vehicles in those states.

What is a faceplate? The complaint quotes from carbibles.com on the topic: It is meant “to store the energy that is generated by the engine until it is needed and to deliver it in a smooth and even way via [the gearbox] … in order to propel the vehicle along.”

The engine produces the power that propels the vehicle forward, but the flexplate plays an important role, “captur[ing] the energy that is created by the engine and stor[ing] it in its large mass by spinning at a speed that, although it is not required all the time, is smooth and even.” The complaint says, “This energy is then transferred to the vehicle’s torque converter, which, in turn, transfers the energy to the gearbox, thereby allowing the vehicle to move.”

The faceplate is held in place with two sets of bolts. It is bolted to the crankshaft, and a torque converter is bolted to it “with a bolt pattern that is larger than the crankshaft bolt pattern. The torque converter is then connected to the engine’s automatic transmission.”

Unfortunately, the complaint alleges that, even when the vehicle has been given only normal use, the faceplate can crack or shatter, which can cause the vehicle “to lose forward propulsion.” The cracking or shattering takes place in the area between the two sets of bolts.

The complaint alleges that the problem is caused by a structural weakness, “exacerbated by stress risers introduced during the stamping process used to manufacture the flexplate.” Vibrations of the car during the use produce an initial crack, which then enlarges all around the faceplate, until it has separated entirely into two pieces. When this happens, the vehicle stalls.

This means that the failure of the faceplate will nearly always happen when the vehicle is being driven, presenting a very dangerous situation.

Its failure can also damage other components of the vehicle, lowering its resale value.

The complaint alleges that Ford has known about the defect for a long time and has actively concealed it from customers.

According to the complaint, Ford has long known about the defect, but it has not recalled the vehicles, has not repaired or replaced the vehicles, including the broken faceplate and any other damaged components, and has not reimbursed owners and leaseholders for the damage.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Ford Edge Ecoboost Engine Faceplate Failure Complaint

March 22, 2021

This class action takes issue with certain Ford Edge vehicles equipped with 2L I-4 turbocharged Ecoboost automatic-transmission engines. The complaint alleges that the vehicles have defective faceplates, which can crack or shatter, causing the vehicle to lose forward motion.

Ford Edge Ecoboost Engine Faceplate Failure Complaint

Case Event History

Ford Edge Ecoboost Engine Faceplate Failure Complaint

March 22, 2021

This class action takes issue with certain Ford Edge vehicles equipped with 2L I-4 turbocharged Ecoboost automatic-transmission engines. The complaint alleges that the vehicles have defective faceplates, which can crack or shatter, causing the vehicle to lose forward motion.

Ford Edge Ecoboost Engine Faceplate Failure Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Faceplate, Transmission