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Ford Maverick, Escape, Lincoln Corsair Hybrids Recalled Over Fire Risk

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020-2022 Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair, and 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid and plug-in hybrid models over a crankshaft machining problem.

The defect: in affected vehicles, a crankshaft machining problem can cause the engine to fail.

The hazards: engine failure can cause significant amounts of oil and fuel vapor to leak onto hot parts, potentially causing a fire. So far, Ford has received 23 reports of fires related to this issue globally, but the problem has since been fixed in production.

Ford Motor Company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Components: crankshaft

Affected vehicles: select 2020-2022 Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair, and 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

The fix: dealers will add drain holes to an under-hood shield and change the active grille shutters to allow more air flow and reduce under-hood temperatures to below the ignition points of fuel vapor or engine oil.

Lincoln Corsair GT

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on August 8th, 2022.


  • 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. Michael

    I was just thinking of buying ( again ) a Ford PHEV vehicle ( Escape or Corsair ) after the initial recall and stop production because of the battery fires, and now this? These things are shaking my confidence in Ford products, along with all the other recalls recently.


    Recall Motors has every intention to stay as the recall leader in the auto industry.

  3. James Mauk

    F fix O or R recall D daily! I worked for Ford for over 30 years and I have never seen so many recalls. I drive a 21 F-150 and a 22 Corsair. Is it caused by the Covid pandemic or what?

  4. JR

    I am so embarrassed for Ford with this recalls. They look like complete fools. How is that here at Ford Authority and elsewhere Ford always has “highest owner satisfaction on initial quality” rating on most of their vehicle when they are catching fire, complete engine failure, leaking and falling out windshields, transmission issues on brand new vehicles that were just built. Bronco had the 2.7 engines completely fail within 3000 miles last month and the Ford still hold high ratings. Jim Farley must be paying off someone at Edmunds and other publications

  5. Mick1

    2013 C max hybrid 158k miles. Looks like I’ll be keeping it a while longer.

    1. Mike

      96 Ford Ranger Splash, with 245K kilometers. Looks like I will be keeping it a while longer as well.

  6. Jeff Bullen

    I own a 22 Corsair GT and am concerned that the announced solution for a crank shaft milling problem (recall #20S73) that apparently will destroy the main engine bearing is to create more ventilation and drainage, what??? How many vehicles are affected, why will we not know until August 8th?

  7. Bill Byrne

    recall !! you can’t even build the !!!! we are going on month 10, waiting on a Maverick order !!!

  8. Bayman71

    So, the engine will still fail but will not catch on fire. Hopefully. I wonder how long it will take to replace the engine once it fails?

  9. Mike

    Ford is like China now. All show and no go.

  10. bp

    This article is objectively false. This recall is to fix a design issue with the undercarriage plate and active shutter mechanism. It has nothing to do with the crankshaft. The Escape was part of a separate recall for an isolated out-of-spec crankshaft issue in Feb.

  11. Tony

    So they’re solution is to drill holes and mess with shutter settings… Does this include a new camshaft for my 36k mile warranted vehicle?

  12. Bernard Arnez

    Should FORD Do the Proper Thing and Replace the cause of the problem or extend the
    warranted on the engine? Not mickey mouse by drill extra holes in the bottom pan and remove
    some of the flaps to let more air in and lower the mpg . Sound like a class action lawsuit

  13. drv

    I think the writer got his recalls mixed up. There’s a recall for poor under-hood ventilation that could cause a fire in the event of an engine failure. There was a separate “field action” for incorrectly manufactured crankshafts for the 2.5l engine. There was a bad batch of crankshafts received and approximately 25 were installed, resulting in 15 engine failures. Ford has apparently fixed all of these.


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