Ford Motor Company is recalling almost 140,000 EcoSport SUVs and Focus sedans to address a defective part that could lead to engine damage and loss of power braking.
According to the automaker, the problem has to do with a part inside the affected vehicles’ belt-driven oil pumps. The drive belt tensioner arm within the assemblies can fracture, causing the engine to lose oil pressure. That loss can lead to several severe issues, such as engine damage, loss of power while driving, and loss of power braking.
Ford notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the defective part had already caused one crash involving two injuries. The company also noted nearly 2,100 warranty claims related to the issue.
The recall affects EcoSport SUVs from the 2018 to 2022 model years and Focus sedans from the 2016 to 2018 model years. Ford will notify affected owners once the replacement parts are ready. Owners can take their vehicles to a Ford dealer, where they will install the redesigned part free of charge.
The dangers of low oil pressure
While motor vehicles need fuel to run, they also need oil to help keep their engines lubricated and to prevent overheating. Attempting to drive with low oil pressure can cause serious damage to the engine’s internal parts, causing it to seize. If this happens in the middle of driving, it can raise the risk of getting into a crash.
In Georgia, individuals harmed by defective products have the right to seek compensation through product liability lawsuits. For a lawsuit to proceed, you’ll have to identify the defect – in this case, the oil pump part – and prove that it directly led to your injuries. You’ll also want to document the medical expenses and lost wages you’ve suffered as a result of the defect-induced crash.
If you’ve been injured by a defective oil pump part, seeking legal counsel is crucial. An attorney with experience in personal injury and product liability law can help you navigate the complexities of your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.