Fire risk: Ford recalls Fiesta, Focus, Kuga and Puma

The engine oil separator in several petrol models of the Fiesta, Puma, Focus and Kuga series may have been damaged. If enough engine oil accumulates, a fire may occur in the engine compartment.

Ford has announced a recall of 35,900 Fiesta, Kuga, Focus and Puma vehicles with 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines across Germany.

The reason is a possibly damaged oil separator (cylinder head breather) prior to assembly, leading to oil leaks. As a result, there may be an oil smell and possibly oil smoke in the engine compartment; oil leaks on or under the engine are also possible. In some cases, a fire can occur in the engine compartment if enough engine oil accumulates and migrates to an ignition source, a Ford spokesperson told asp-Online.

Specifically, the following model and production periods are involved:

Fiesta, 2 August 2019 to 16 March 2022 from the Cologne plant
Puma, 3 June 2020 to 21 March 2022 from Romania/Craiova
Focus, 6 August 2021 to 11 February 2022 from Saarlouis and
Kuga, 17 August 2021 to 21 March 2022, built in Valencia/Spain.

The oil separator is checked at the authorized workshop for any damage and oil leakage as a remedial measure. If necessary, the oil separator, including seals, will be replaced. So far, no accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with this issue, the spokesperson assured in conclusion.

Update 16/5/22: A global figure for the recall scope with the internal code „22S21“ is not yet available. Worldwide, the action is at least in the six-figure range, as in the USA and Canada alone, around 382,000 vehicles are involved.

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