Recall Alert: 2013 Ford Escape

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 139,917 model-year 2013 Escape SUVs, manufactured between Oct. 5, 2011, and June 2, 2013, and equipped with a 1.6-liter engine.

The Problem: The engines may experience under-hood fires due to localized overheating of the engine cylinder head, leading to cracks causing oil leaks; engine oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface could result in an engine-compartment fire. As of Nov. 18, Ford was aware of a dozen such fires in the U.S. and one in Canada. In addition, in those vehicles built between Oct. 5, 2011, and July 11, 2012, engine-compartment fuel lines may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under a previous recall, and could chafe and eventually leak fuel; this could cause a fire in the presence of an ignition source. According to USA Today, the U.S. action is part of a worldwide recall of more than 161,000 model-year 2013 Escapes. The automaker said it began getting engine-fire reports in late August, according to the newspaper. The SUV has been recalled seven times since it was redesigned and went on sale in spring 2012.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners on Jan. 23, and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems; they will also inspect the engine-compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it. All related work will be done for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2013 | Comments (3)

Comments 

Steve

Maybe they should rename it the Ford Recall. You know, "recalling" all those 7 lovely visits back to the dealer over and over again. Oil leaks, overheating and fires are big problems. Between this and the Eco Boost problems, they need to really step it up in the quality department.

What a disaster, reminds me of the Focus launch in the early 2000s . . . I think that car was/is the most recalled in history. Escape is giving it a run.

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