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Ford EcoBoost Lawsuit Filed In Canada Over Coolant Leaks

The Ford EcoBoost family of engines – particularly those from the early years – have faced their fair share of issues, many of which are related to coolant intrusion. This is caused by some engines’ open deck cooling design, which causes premature gasket failure and sometimes cracks between the cylinders, which can lead to complete failure in some cases. Back in late 2020, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. over this particular problem, and now, another one has surfaced in a Canadian court as well, according to Car Complaints.

This EcoBoost lawsuit – Barron, et al., v. Ford Motor Company Canada, et al – was filed in the Ontario Court of Justice by plaintiffs represented by KND Complex Litigation. As is the case with the previously-filed American EcoBoost lawsuit, this one pertains to a wide array of models including the 2013-2019 Ford Escape, 2013-2019 Ford Fusion, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect, 2015-2018 Ford Edge, 2016-2019 Lincoln MKC, and 2016-2019 Lincoln MKZ, which are equipped with the Ford 1.5L EcoBoost, 1.6L EcoBoost, and 2.0L EcoBoost engines.

The lawsuit claims that these models face a risk of coolant leaks that can lead to engine fires in some cases, as that coolant can seep into the engine’s cylinders. This problem can also lead to misfires and vehicles stalling out. Of the five plaintiffs that are named in the lawsuit, three of them owned vehicles that caught fire while the other two had to have their engines replaced because of this defect.

Transport Canada has issued at least three recalls related to this defect thus far, but the lawsuit contends that the recalls are inadequate, as they only relate to vehicles equipped with the 1.6L engine. The plaintiffs also claim that Ford’s fix for the problem – coolant level sensors, which are designed to alert drivers when the coolant is too low – is inadequate as well, as it doesn’t address the engines’ inherent defect.

We’ll have more on this lawsuit as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford lawsuit news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Shockandawe

    Furd and fires, who would have guessed.

  2. Pat Evans

    My daughters 2018 Fusion has a blown engine and Ford will not answer any of the letters written or the lawyers emails or letters she has had to borrow cars to get to work. How can anyone help us get the car issue resolved

  3. Leslie

    How does a 2019 1.5l Ecoboost Escape owner get added to this suit. Was just informed by dealer need new engine for approx $10000!! for this very problem.

  4. Gerard Saporito

    I justed shelled out $8000 to have my wife’s 2018 Ford Escape 1.5L Ecoboost engine replaced becasue of coolant intrusion that damaged her engine and Ford would not provide any assistance. I called the Ford Corporate Customer Relations Center and they opened a case number and provided it to me. I asked the Ford representative what are my chances of getting some goodwill assistance on this repair since this car is well maintained. A letter was sent to me last year in July informing me that coolant intrusion my get into the engine cylinders and damage the engine. Took vehicle to local Ford Dealership and they said no coolant was found in the engine and let me go. Approximately 8 months later coolant got into the engine and damaged the engine. Now dealership says and I need a new engine at the cost of $9400. I found an independent auto repair shop that charged $2000 less and provided a 3 year unlimted mileage warranty and had them replace the engine. This was such a hassle having to make arrangements to tow the vechile out of the Ford Dealership to the independent repair shop. I felt I was mislead by Ford telling me to take the car to one of their dealerships only to tell me they are not covering any engine replacement costs because I am beyond the original powertrain warranty and my the car has over 100, 000 mile on it. Why did they even bother having my spend $815 for the dealer to diagnose the issue only to denied on their technicality. So many other posts I have read from other people with same issue have been burned by Ford. Not only will I not purchase a future Ford product, I will not recommend their products to my friends or family which represents a large network of people. I really not upset at the vehicle or even the dealership that diagnosed the issue. I am upset with the attitude on Ford and their legal staff for not doing the right thing and admitting they have a design defect with these Ecoboost engines and need to take responsibilty for this defect. The window sticker on the vehicle shows an MSRP price of $32500. I expect a car to perform well beyond 100,000 miles with today’s technology. I have driven many cars and most of them were still running fine nearing 200,000 miles if you maintain these vehicle and the engine has no design flaws. The Ecoboost is clearly causing problems for many Ford owners in the United States, Canada, Australia and elsewhere around the world. Wake up Ford and take care of your customers.

  5. Greg Grange

    I have my 2017 Lincoln MKZ with a 2.0 litre eco boost engine now in service garage with fluid leakage in cylinder. My MKZ has low mileage with 90000
    km. My power train warranty expired 4.5 months ago. I have to replace the engine. Not a happy camper. Kingston Ontario

  6. Toni Diemel

    My 2017 Ford edge with 88,000 miles went into the dealership today. It has the 2.0 ecoboost. It also has coolant leaking into the cylinders. Now it’s going to cost me $5700 to replace the motor. I will never buy another Ford vehicle in my life. With all these motor issues they need to recall and replace them.

    1. Chaz

      I only have 65k on my 2017 Edge and the cheapest price that I have found at the Ford dealerships is 8,000 to replace my engine. Is the $5700 at a Ford dealership ?

  7. Andy

    My 2017 Escape 2.0L has just started leaking coolant. Only 85000km and I need a new engine. WTF Ford! Take some ownership of this problem FFS! I was not expecting Toyota reliability when I bought it, but a new engine? Really? No wonder there’s lots of inventory on Ford lots. I certainly won’t be driving another one.

  8. Bo Norgaard

    2017 Ford Escape 138000 kilometers and the engine is done. $7200 is the quote and we are having a new engine put in at the Ford Dealership. It is the 2 litre engine with the coolant running into the engine issue. I’ve contacted KND Litigations in Toronto as the are launching a civil lawsuit for this coolant issue. I urge as many people as possible contact them to boost our numbers.

  9. R. Monette

    How can we join this lawsuit in Canada?

    1. Laurie

      Hi there, just found this site while researching, as I have the same problem.

      Did you get any answers as to how to join the lawsuit, or is it too late?

      Thank you, Laurie

  10. Steve

    Add another one to the list. My mother-in-law’s 2017 Edge has the P0302 error code and coolant intrusion with <48k miles. Absolutely ridiculous and pathetic of Ford to not admit to this and do the right thing!

  11. Laurie

    My 2017 Ford Escape with a 2.0 L ecoboost is now sitting in a shop waiting for a new motor.

    The head gasket blew, and while I was trying to figure out how to pay for that repair the mechanic informed me there was a crack in cylinder #1 from the top to the bottom.

    I bought this vehicle new from the dealer, hoping it would last me many, many years. I am retired and living on a very limited income. This is not an expense I can afford.

    How do I get on this lawsuit?


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