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2020-2023 Ford Hybrids Recalled Over Engine Fire Risk

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020-2023 Ford Escape, 2022-2023 Ford Maverick, and 2021-2023 Lincoln Corsair models equipped with 2.5L hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines over an engine fire risk. This recall expands upon and replaces another recall issued last July.

The defect: in the event of an engine failure, engine oil and fuel vapor may be released into the engine compartment and accumulate near ignition sources such as hot engine or exhaust components, possibly resulting in an engine compartment fire.

The hazards: an engine compartment fire increases the risk of injury.

Components: engine

Affected vehicles: select select 2020-2023 Escape models produced between January 1st, 2019, and May 23rd, 2023, 2022-2023 Maverick pickups built from February 3rd, 2021, and May 18th, 2023, and 2021-2023 Corsair crossovers produced between October 24th, 2019, and May 11th, 2023.

Number of vehicles affected: 125,322

The fix: owners are advised to park and shut off the engine as quickly as possible if they hear unexpected engine noises, notice a reduction in vehicle power, or see smoke. The remedy is currently under development.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin June 12th, 2023. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23S27.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 23S27
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. crabbymilton

    This is sadly the very beginning of this. Just wait until the 100% electric versions really get out there. Not just fire hazards but problems overall given FORD’s history over the last 5-10 years.

    1. Chaddy

      This has nothing to do with the HVB, but the gas engine its self.

    2. terry

      ALL manufacturers have had the same issues including GM, Tesla Stellantis and more. Over the same time period. It also has as much to do with owners not checking under the hood once in a while

  2. crabbymilton

    Understood. I’m just looking at the overall problems that FORD has had for the last several years.

  3. Richard Meckstroth

    It would be interesting to see the entire scenario that would have to play out for this problem to occur. I have only driven Ford hybrids for 14 years now, and have never had any issues with them. They have been the most reliable cars I have ever owned.

    1. joe pike

      problem with the hybrids are the faulty camshaft in the 4cyl gas motor…..because the Mexico Ford Plant does not maintain the quality control that we see in the States…….

  4. Jake

    Just to clarify, IF the engine does not fail (hopefully rare), then there is no danger at all?

    This is only a risk IF the engine actually does fail? Therefore, this is not a reason for the engine to fail?

    1. joe pike

      If your vehicle was made in Mexico then there is a chance the defective camshaft was used in the building of your motor…..only Ford knows which ones are defective….and they could break down anytime ….they may last a couple of years before the faulty part finally destroys the motor……………

  5. Kurt Vanderwest

    I have the ’23 Maverick Hybrid, and I love it !!! My son-in-law told me about a recall on the hybrids. Is it more of the plug-in models or all hybrids ?? The Family had to remind me of
    my F150 Custom built that burnt to the ground !! What should I be aware of ? Is it just while
    it’s running ? Or after you park it after driving ? Should I disconnect the battery between
    driving it ??

    1. joe pike

      Maverick Hybrid does not have a plugin………………

  6. joe pike

    The exact problem with these motors is that the Camshafts were defective but they installed them anyway…….this will require a complete dismantling of the motor to replace camshaft and any other parts that were ruined because of it……..may have to repace the complete motor but that will cost Ford a lot of money……Fords plant in Mexico is just not up to the quality control that it need to be………what a shame…….I may put in an order for the Maverick Hybrid XL base model for 2024….ordering starts in July 2023

    1. MattinDC

      How could a faulty camshaft cause the block to crack? Wouldn’t it cause lots of problems and throw out codes before it ever gets to that point?

    2. Larry Riens

      It is my understanding that it is the Crankshaft.

      1. MattinDC

        If true, that would make more sense.

  7. Jack Leavitt

    Do I now have to drive my 2023 Escape Hybrid any differently? A speed I should no exceed? Reduce maximum driving time? What else?

  8. Cigna

    Since Ford/Lincoln dealers make no profit on recalls, they’re probably fed up with Failure Farley by now.

  9. Heyward Drummond

    My understanding is that the dealer is paid a fixed fee for each recall and given a time it should take to fix. I would assume dealers make some money on recall payments from the factory or they would not do them. Yeah, it’s a fixed payment and that is to enforce efficiency in getting the car fixed as fast as possible. Correct me if I am wrong but I was told that by a dealer about 5 years ago. I’m sure this recall will cause a lot of heart ache at the dealers due to the time this will take to rebuild the engine.


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