Ford is facing further problems with its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, the powertrain behind its latest recall. Nearly 90,000 Ford Escape and Fusion models sold in the U.S. were recalled late last week because of potential engine fire problems. But the problem could exist in other markets, as well.
The turbocharged engine is used in a wide range of products in Europe, small powertrains popular in a market where fuel prices can run as high as $9 a gallon. It is unclear if the problem in Europe is the same as what forced the U.S. recall – or one of several other recalls that have involved the new Escape, which was introduced earlier this year.
According to Ford, it has received reports of seven fires in European vehicles using the 1.6-liter EcoBoost powertrain. That has led the maker to launch an investigation into potential powertrain problems outside the U.S., a company spokesman noted.