Ford is recalling approximately 29,344 model-year 2021 E-Series vehicles in the U.S. due to potential mispositioned insulation on the underside of the engine cover that could cause extreme heat from the engine compartment, which may burn vehicle passengers, according to Ford.
This safety recall is for select E-Series vehicles for 7.3-liter engine cover thermal management in which mispositioned insulation may not fully extend to the vehicle’s perimeter, and could create elevated temperatures on the passenger compartment surface of the engine cover, the automaker said. Direct and continuous contact with certain areas of the surface of the engine cover in the passenger compartment may cause burns to the skin of the driver or front passenger.
Under certain conditions, engine cover surface temperatures can further increase in vehicles modified with Stationary Elevated Idle Control or Battery Charge Protect, according to Ford.
Affected vehicles were built at Ohio Assembly Plant from May 11, 2019 – Nov. 13, 2020. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition
Dealers will check the engine cover for gaps between the rubber seal and the insulation. If needed, the dealer will install engine cover insulation patches in the right and left inner lower corners of the engine cover, Ford said. The dealer will also update the powertrain calibration for heat management under certain elevated idle conditions. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S73.