2021 Ford Bronco recalled due to engine failure

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Complaints of “catastrophic engine failure” involving the 2021 Ford Bronco have led the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to launch a federal safety investigation.

The Ford Bronco’s 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine has become a source of investigation after 32 consumers complained of complete engine failure under normal, everyday driving conditions. The investigation was opened by NHTSA on May 27.

According to NHTSA, “Under normal driving conditions without warning, the vehicle may experience a loss of motive power without restarting due to catastrophic engine failure related to a faulty valve in 2.7L Eco-Boost engines” .

Editor’s Note: The original title incorrectly stated that the Bronco had been recalled. This is not the case. We have corrected the title to better reflect this and we regret the error.

Up to 25,538 Ford Broncos could be affected by the condition, according to documents Ford filed with the federal agency.

The survey, originally reported by Carscoops and Ford Authority, is looking into whether Ford will be required to recall the vehicles for engine repairs. The Federal Defects Investigation Office received three petitions requesting these investigations on March 17, 18 and 29. The petitions are currently being reviewed by the agency.

“The petitioners alleged that the 2021 MY Ford Broncos vehicles are experiencing a loss of motive power at highway speeds without restarting due to catastrophic engine failures, the Federal Safety Agency wrote on its website.

The affected 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine is standard equipment on the Wildcat and optional on all other models except Everglades and Raptor.

Car and driver reports that Ford has told them they are aware of a number of affected engines and that Ford is cooperating with NHTSA on the matter as well as all consumers who have the 5 year/60,000 mile warranty on the powertrain.

The 2021 Bronco currently has two pending safety recalls: one from October 2021, involving 553 vehicles for potential passenger airbag deployment issues; the other for a misaligned radar module that could prevent affected vehicles from maintaining an appropriate distance when using the adaptive cruise control feature.

[Image: Ford]

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