Ford Faces $1.3 Billion Lawsuit Over Defective EcoBoost Engines

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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 while offering it as the . 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 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.

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