Ford isn't having much luck with the perceived safety record of its EcoBoost engines, at least when fitted to its small SUVs. With the 1.6-liter EcoBoost-powered Escape getting a recall due to the potential of a fire earlier this summer, the larger Edge with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost is now also being recalled for similar reasons.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall for the Edge crossover. The NHTSA said 5,499 Edges are being recalled, with the source of the issue again being a potentially faulty fuel line. Whether the source of the problem is the same supplier as in the Escape case remains to be seen at this point. All of the crossovers with the bad line were built between September 2, 2010 and October 31, 2011.
According to the NHTSA, the fuel line pulse damper's metal housing can crack as a "result of an improper manufacturing process." This can lead to the fuel line leaking and the fuel possibly igniting after it strikes hot exhaust or engine components. The issue may also result in a fuel odor or weepage while the system is pressurized.
Ford is expected to launch the official recall campaign on September 24 by notifying owners to take their cars to a dealership to have the issue resolved free of charge.