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Ford Recalls 2013 Escapes

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On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:44PM | By: Karen Cook

Ford Recalls 2013 Escapes

It’s always a little frightening when you hear of a recall on the vehicle you drive. Kinda feels like Russian roulette every time you start it up. I apologize to all of you who drive a 2013 Ford Escape.

Ford has issued a recall, which will begin in January, on all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6 liter engines. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 139,917 vehicles are capable of having the engine catch fire. These cars may “experience localized overheating of the cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak.” The oil can leak onto the hot engine and cause a fire.

Of those covered in the recall 9,469 are also involved in a secondary recall due to faulty fuel lines which may have been improperly installed at the plant. The same possibility exists. Fuel leaks onto the engine and catches a spark which leads to an engine fire.

As of November 18th, there have been 12 reported engine fires on these vehicles in the United States and one in Canada. No injuries have occurred. The fire tends to be contained in the engine compartment and there is ample time to exit your vehicle before the situation becomes life-threatening.

As is customary with manufacturer recalls, you will be notified if you are affected and all repairs will be done free of charge. In the first instance, Ford dealers can modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems. For the smaller recall, the fuel line will be inspected and replaced if necessary. If you have any questions you may contact Ford directly at 1-866-436-7332.

The official recall does not begin for about 8 more weeks, on January 23rd, but you may take your vehicle to a Ford dealership any time to have it inspected and repaired. As with any vehicle defect, the sooner the better.

Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V583000
Component(s): ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 139,917

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through June 2, 2013 and equipped with 1.6L engines. The affected vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak.

Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13S12.

For some of the vehicles included in this campaign, this recall is in addition to NHTSA recall 12V-551. All covered vehicles, regardless of being inspected and repaired under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign. Owners 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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