The 2021 Ford Bronco is now under federal safety investigation after 32 Bronco owners complained of alarming engine failure experiences.
“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 the 2.7L Eco-Boost engines,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. He indicates that the investigation was opened on May 27.
Documents Ford files with NHTSA indicate that 25,538 Broncos may have this problem.
The survey, originally reported by Carscoops.com and FordAuthority.com, will determine whether Ford should recall its vehicles for repair. Recall costs have been an ongoing issue at Ford, so much so that the company recently hired a quality expert to fix a problem that costs the automaker billions each year.
The Federal Defects Investigation Bureau received petitions requesting an investigation on March 17, March 18, and March 29, 2022. The petitions are currently being reviewed.
“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 in the document posted on its website. .
This engine is standard on the Wildtrak and optional on all other models except the Everglades and Raptor, on which it is not available. Car and driver confirmed.
Ford told Car and Driver: “We know of a number of engines with this issue and are investigating. If any customers experience any issues, they will be covered by the vehicle’s five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. We We will be cooperating with NHTSA as we always do.”
Alarming customer experiences
The federal agency has reports from across the United States on its incident reporting site, including Ohio, Alaska, Oklahoma and Nevada. Here are a few:
- A driver from Granite Bay, California, wrote on May 5: “My wife was driving the vehicle and was enveloped in smoke and the engine stopped and she was stuck in the middle lane of a busy highway at hours dangerous section of road a few miles from our house I got out and gave him my SUV then called AAA who towed it to the dealership Engine was dead Vehicle was towed to Future Ford of Sacramento.They then diagnosed it a few days later and informed us that it is a complete engine failure and it will take several months to get the vehicle back to us. had no warning or warning lights before the engine stopped and a large amount of smoke to the point that my wife thought the whole vehicle was on fire.Four people pulled over to help her and the take to the side of the road.
- A driver from Whiteland, Indiana, wrote on May 3, “At 2,000 miles the engine failed a valve. The vehicle has already received a new engine. The vehicle died on the highway.
- A Farmington Hills driver wrote on March 14, “I was driving to work the morning of March 14, 2022, on the freeway at about 70 mph. I felt the engine lurch or knock, started to lose power in the engine…I was able to make the extra 10 miles to my place of work. When I stopped at the gate for safety reasons the engine failed and I couldn’t restart it.
- A driver from Rochester, New York, wrote on March 13, “I was on cruise control at about 70 yesterday when I lost all throttle pedal power. I drove to the side of the highway and waited 90 minutes for a tow truck to pick me up. I had my dogs with me and it was 25 degrees. We were three hours from home. After-sales service reported today that I had a catastrophic engine failure.A valve came off and was crushed by the pistons or something.
- A Park City, Utah driver wrote on Valentine’s Day: “I was driving my son to school, maybe 30 mph, when suddenly I heard noises of knocking coming from the engine. The power dropped and I was barely able to stop on the side of the busy road out of danger. Dead engine. Only warning lights I received were a failure of the front sensor, then a message telling me to stop, park and restart. Tried but couldn’t restart… Dealer confirmed dropped valve and engine failure. Waiting for a replacement motor.”
- A Middleburg, Fla. driver wrote on Jan. 19, “broken down with 2058 miles. Blinking engine light, strong smell of fumes and vigorous shaking. Ford customer service said there was nothing they could do. Not even a loan for a $63,000 vehicle.”
Reports of problems filed with the federal agency are monitored by automakers and federal regulators who look for trends and action needs to prevent accidents.
Not the first reminder
The 2021 Bronco has two reminders already; one issued in October affected potentially 553 vehicles for passenger airbag deployment issues and another issued in December for a misaligned radar module that could prevent the vehicle from maintaining a safe distance from vehicles while using cruise control adaptive speed. Additionally, the Federal Safety website said, “The automatic braking system may respond slowly, or may not respond at all, during a pre-crash assist braking event.”
The Ford Bronco has a long waiting list and has proven popular with consumers. It is designed to rival the Jeep Wrangler as an all-terrain adventure vehicle. The Bronco began shipping to customers a year ago. He won North America Utility of the Year in January.
Ford has been plagued with recall issues, ranging from risk of engine fire in the 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator while disabled for the 2020-22 Explorers which to roll while in the park. Ford CEO Jim Farley recently named a quality specialist to solve chronic problems. These are costly problems for business and consumers.
Car owners can check recalls here or by going to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls