A brand-new Ford EcoSport which was purchased on 14th October 2015 apparently suffered a catastrophic failure of front axle in just two weeks into its life. Team-bhp reader Poornima Krishnan details the horrible experience. The vehicle in question was being driven from Bangalore to Sringeri on October 31 when the mishap took place.
According to the report, the axle gave up all of a sudden when the vehicle was in motion, causing the nose to dig into the tarmac, damaging significant portion of the bodywork and several underlying mechanisms including suspension and steering system.
Going by the images, there seems to be no external cause or impact that could’ve triggered the failure. The road was reported to be smooth without any nasty pot holes or speed breakers. The events that unfolded strongly indicate that the axle failed due to a manufacturing defect.
Fortunately, no one was harmed in the incident but given the severity of the damage, it could have lead to a far worse outcome had it happened on a busy highway or around a corner. To make the matter’s worse, the Ford dealership in Mangalore (Cauvery Motors Pvt. Ltd.) where the car was taken for repair work cooked up an eye watering estimate of INR 3.4 lakhs. It’s reported that Ford India is yet to respond to the issue.
Ford EcoSport facelift – Photos
Via – Team-bhp.com