Ford Faces $1.3 Billion Lawsuit Over Defective EcoBoost Engines


The 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost may cost Ford a lot of money.

Ford is very proud of its smallest engine, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost. So proud in fact, that it decided to bring it stateside in the Fiesta while offering it as the base engine in the EcoSport. Despite its diminutive size, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost makes respectable power: 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the engineering brilliance of this little mill has been greatly overshadowed by life-threatening issues. In fact, the Daily Mail reports that Ford may be facing a class-action lawsuit over this engine.

The lawsuit stems from Louise O'Riordan, who purchased a Ford Focus with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost back in 2014. Even though her car only had 32,000 miles on the odometer, the engine seized on the highway, almost causing a fatal accident. O'Riordan created a Facebook page called 'Ford EcoBoost Nightmare,' which now has more than 1,900 members. The issue involved a coolant hose, which was prone to fail at high temperatures in cars built from October 2011 to October 2013. Ford issued a service action back in 2015, and has fixed 86% of the afflicted cars, but not before owners were forced to shell out for repairs.

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Before the recall was issued, some owners reported costs of £8,000 (around $10,500) to replace the engine. Some vehicles even caught fire, rendering them unrepairable. In O'Riordan's case, Ford initially covered 60% of the repair costs before agreeing to pay the bill in full 11 weeks later. If the class-action suit goes through, Ford could be forced to pay £1 billion (around $1.3 billion) to affected owners.