India-made Ford EcoSport SUV recalled cause of faulty welds

Incorrect welds on the India made Ford EcoSport SUVs could cause front wheel to lock causing loss of steering control.

All Ford EcoSport SUVs produced in India during May 2, 2017 and June 10, 2017 and exported to Europe have been recalled. This alert was posted on the European Commission website and cited a problem in improper lower control arm welds.

The faulty welds could cause front wheel to lock resulting in loss of steering control. No accidents or injuries with regard to this issue have been reported but a recall is being initiated prior to any such issues.

Ford EcoSport is powered by 1 liter EcoBoost engine.

Earlier last month, 7,249 units of the Ford EcoSport were also recalled in India. The affected cars were produced during November 2017 and March 2018.

These could be affected by a faulty Powertrain Control Module which could cause the car to suddenly decelerate or drain the batteries. Ford Australia had also recalled the Ford EcoSport over concerns with the engine timing belt tensioner.

EcoSport continues to be best-selling Ford in India with average sales of 4,000 units a month.

In the UK, the Ford EcoSport is powered by a 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine offering power and torque figures of 99 bhp and 170 Nm. These are the same specs of the India-spec Ford EcoSport EcoBoost variant.

The diesel EcoSport in India is powered by a 1.5 liter diesel engine that offers 99bhp power and 215 Nm torque. Both engines get mated to 6 speed manual transmission. In India, EcoSport is a rival to Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon. Both post higher sales than the EcoSport.