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Brand new Ford EcoSport suffers front axle failure; dealership estimates 3.4L for repairs

Ford EcoSport front axle failure accident

There was no evidence of an external impact that could’ve caused the failure.

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.

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Fortunately nobody was injured in the mishap.

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.

Also read – Ford EcoSport recalled due to defective bolt in rear twist beam

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.


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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • Blore Gy

    This looks like a driver error, but everyone (auto portals) jumping guns on Ford. The lady driver seem to have hit the culvert (pic 2 clearly show front bumper scraping) and caused the front wheel collapse.

    • Deleep Devasia

      But by studying all the images in the article, it doesn’t even hint a slightest possibility of the driver crashing on a culvert!!!