Ford Motor Co. is facing a lawsuit over alleged issues and defects with its 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engines. Three vehicle owners in Ohio have reported these issues, and according to the lawsuit, their engines “contained serious latent design, manufacturing, or assembly defects.”
The three drivers have said the problems occur at highway speeds, where the vehicles start to shake, misfire, and quickly lose power, putting the drivers and possible passengers in deadly situations. Further backing this lawsuit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received almost 100 complaints about the engines.
The lawsuit was formally filed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division in Columbus. As of now, Ford has not recalled any vehicle with this engine for the alleged defect, and although the NHTSA has received many complaints, it has yet to open an investigation. The problems with the engine come from a moisture buildup in the intercooler, according to the suit, and as acceleration results in more airflow through the intake tube, it creates a vacuum that pulls excess moisture from the tube into the engine.
Also stated in the lawsuit was that Ford knew of the defects due to a published technical service bulletin for the F-150 with suggested fixes. The 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine is currently available in the 2010-2013 Ford Flex, Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKT, and MKS, 2011-2013 Ford F-150 and 2013 Ford Explorer Sport. However, the three- and four-cylinder EcoBoost engines have not been included in the lawsuit at this time. When asked about the lawsuit, Jay Cooney of Ford said, “Because we have not received the lawsuit, we are unable to comment on it.”
Source: Automotive News