Over the past several months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened investigations into a number of Blue Oval models, including the 2020-2021 Ford Escape over a door check arm attachment point failure, the 2020-2022 Ford Explorer and a problem with the rear axle mounting bolt and powertrain control module (PCM), the Ford Mustang Mach-E and its high voltage battery main contactors, and the 2012-2018 Ford Focus and its Canister Purge Valve (CPV) and PMC issues. Now, we can add yet another vehicle to that list, as a number of Ford EcoSport engine failures are now officially being investigated by the NHTSA, too.
The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) unit has opened a formal investigation into select 2018-2021 Ford EcoSport crossovers after it received a total of 95 customer complaints regarding engine failure caused by a loss of oil pressure. Some of those owners report that the low engine oil pressure warning light illuminates, after which they experience an immediate loss or reduction of power while the vehicle is in motion.
The agency notes that this problem may be caused by an oil pump failure, and adds that an engine replacement is typically required after a customer suffers a loss of oil pressure. Thus, it has opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE) to determine just how severe the issue is, as well as how many total vehicles it might effect before taking further action, potentially.
For now, the NHTSA estimates that a grand total of 241,014 vehicles may be affected by this defective oil pump issue. The Ford EcoSport was discontinued nearly two years ago, a move that corresponded with The Blue Oval’s decision to shutter its manufacturing operations in India and end production at the Chennai Assembly plant.