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Ford Recalls 6,100 MORE New Escapes

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On: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:26AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Recalls 6,100 MORE New Escapes

At first glance of this newest recall from Ford, at least one writer yelled out loud, "Another one?!" Yup, the Blue Oval is hauling back another 6,146 new Escapes built between October 5, 2011 through August 31, 2012 which were all designated as 2013 models. It seems on 1.6-liter engine models the freeze plug may well just fall out for no reason and then allow coolant to leak out onto hot engine parts and potentially catch fire. Ford will begin contacting owners next week and plans to fix the plug and add additional safety features to ensure it will be secured in place. The fix will be free of charge.

On a side note, Ford has had several Escape recalls in very recent weeks and if this keeps up, their reputation may very well be in jeopardy. As it stands now, the Escape will be avoided as a future car of choice by at least one writer.

Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Ford / Escape2013
Manufacturer:Ford Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:Sep 04, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V431000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Engine and Engine Cooling
Potential Number of Units Affected:6,146


Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant.


As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire.


Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.


Ford's recall campaign number is 12S39. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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