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Ford Escape, Ford Bronco Sport Recalled Over 1.5L EcoBoost Fire Risk (Updated)

Reuters is reporting that a grand total of 345,451 2020-2022 Ford Escape and 2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport models equipped with Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 are being recalled over an engine oil separator housing that may crack, leading to potential oil leaks that can cause a fire.

So far, FoMoCo has reportedly received reports of at least eight fires that may have resulted from this issue in Ford Escape and Ford Bronco 1.5L models. However, no injuries or accidents related to the faulty engine oil separator housing problem have been reported as of yet. Dealers will inspect the oil separator for damage or oil leaks, and replace the oil separator housing and seals, as necessary. Owner notifications are currently expected to begin on April 18th, 2022.

Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 is standard on S, SE, and SEL trimmed Ford Escape models and is the only engine available on the Ford Bronco Sport Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks trims. Badlands trims come equipped with Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 powerplant.

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020-2022 Ford Escape and 2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport models equipped with Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 due to a safety issue related to the engine oil separator housing.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the engine oil separator housing may crack and develop an oil leak.

The hazards: in affected vehicles, an oil leak in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Components: engine oil separator housing.

Affected vehicles: select 2020-2022 Ford Escape models built at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant between November 19th, 2018, and March 1st, 2022, as well as select 2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport models built at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant between February 5th, 2020, and March 4th, 2022.

Number of vehicles affected: 345,451 vehicles.

The fix: dealers will inspect the oil separator for damage or oil leaks, and replace the oil separator and seals, as necessary, free of charge.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on April 18th, 2022. The Ford reference number for this recall is 22S21.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S46
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

This article has been updated to include specific information about the recall as provided by NHTSA.

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  3. Richard

    I recently purchased a new 2021 Ford Escape SE from an out of town dealer, sight unseen, basically using the internet and email on 3/28/2022. I had been researching this model extensively for several months and had decided to commit to this particular model. I also did trade in a 2020 Ford Fusion which also was applied to my purchase price.
    The day of delivery and trade in, after reviewing all paperwork, new car procedure with salesman, and basic info, I and Salesman, Finance manager, and a geek (for the setup of GPS and radio) discussed the recall for this particular Escape model. I mentioned that I was familiar with the no-sell, recall statement on the 2021 Escapes, and wondered how, and why this dealer could sell when others would/could not? Not a problem for me as I drove my new Escape home.
    As the consumer, I ask what should I do?


      Sell it yourself or traded in for a non-Ford product.

  4. G. Grossman

    Your coverage is inaccurate. Ford announced it was aware of 20 fires resulting from faulty fuel injectors on the recalled Escapes/Broncos.


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