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2021 Ford E-Series Recalled Over Safety Issue With Engine Cover


Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles over an issue with the engine cover that could result in burns to the skin of the driver or front passenger.

The defect: affected models are equipped with mispositioned insulation on the underside of the engine cover.

The hazards: if the engine cover insulation does not fully extend to the perimeter of the engine cover, heat from the engine compartment can cause elevated temperatures on the passenger compartment surface of the engine cover. Vehicles modified with Stationary Elevated Idle Control or Battery Charge Protect can have a higher intensity degree of heat with their affected engine covers. Direct and continuous contact with specific areas of the surface of the engine cover in the passenger compartment could cause burns to the skin of the driver or front passenger.

Ford Motor Company is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

Components: engine cover, engine cover insulation.

Affected vehicles: 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles built at the Ford Ohio Assembly plant between May 11th, 2019, and November 13th, 2020.

Number of vehicles affected: 31,756 vehicles with:

  • 29,344 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories
  • 2,412 vehicles in Canada.

The fix: dealers will inspect the engine cover for gaps between the rubber seal and the insulation. If required, dealers will install engine cover insulation patches in the right and left inner lower corners of the engine cover. Additionally, dealers will update the powertrain calibration for heat management under certain elevated idle conditions.

Owners should: wait for recall notice to arrive by mail, and contact their local Ford dealer with any questions.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 20S73
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. Crabbymilton

    Their longest lived production vehicle isn’t even exempt from this mess. They’ve been building these forever and now they either screwed up something simple or changed something that was fine already.

  2. James Richard Werner

    Just paid cash for a Sunseeker 2550 RV built on the Ford chassis. Made reservations for the end of this month and will now lose my reservation payments totaling 1200 dollars because the dealer cannot release the vehicle without the recall being completed and Ford doesn’t have the patches available yet. Great job Ford.

  3. Jeff Leopold

    I just bought a new E350 The dealer will not release my truck they have had it since December!!!!!the resolution letter was to be sent to service department on 2/8/2021 they do not have any information!!!! LET’S GO FORD I NEED THIS TRUCK TO MALE A LIVING!!!!!!

  4. Randy L Honerlah

    We bought a 2021 E-450 with a motorhome built on the chassis. The hydraulic line ruptured before we could take it anywhere. Now it will be 3 weeks before they can get a replacement. The dealership tells me they have had another one do the same within the last week or so. Does Ford have a hydraulic line problem? Recall?

    1. Jeff Krueger

      My 2021 Jayco Greyhawk with the E-450 chassis just had the hydraulic line rupture. The major part that sucks is you loose your power brakes!! Thankfully I did not get in an accident and was able to slow it down. Once I found a dealer that would take it, they told me maybe in a month, because they have 3 others in for the same thing. I sure hope there is a recall coming on that hose.

  5. Susan Smith

    Does anyone know the exact date the recall for the E-450 insultation cover recall was sent to the dealerships?

  6. Victor Concepcion Jr

    my 2021 Ford E 450 Also blew the hydraulic line 3rd one down lost steering and brakes. Under 3000 miles WTF Ford. I live in NJ traveled to Florida to see my Kids and grandchildren. On the way to see my youngest daughter in Colorado in Louisiana the hose blew off. Some one is going to get killed if Ford doesn’t get out a recall on this ASAP. So the my Camper sits in Louisiana till they get the backordered hose. Then I have to fly down pick it up and pray I don’t get killed if that hose blows off again. Buy the way at the dealer the towed it to there was another 2021 E450 Jayco sitting there since June waiting on the backordered hose.

  7. Roz Meador

    My 2021 Ford E 450 Leprechaun with just 1400 miles has an oil leak from what seems to be a rusted oil filter. I was driving it back from the RV dealer and realized something was leaking. I don’t get it. This is a brand new vehicle. I have no confidence in this. Eli let or Ford.


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