2013 Ford Escape and Fusion Recalled For Fire Risk


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    2013 Ford Escape Picture

    Ford is recalling 99,153 2013 Ford Escapes and 2013 Ford Fusions equipped with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine because they may overheat, increasing the risk of an engine fire. | December 03, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • Ford is recalling 99,153 2013 Ford Escapes and 2013 Ford Fusions equipped with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine because they may overheat, increasing the risk of an engine fire.
  • Ford is advising customers to contact their dealers to set up alternative transportation at no cost until a repair can be performed.
  • There is no date for the recall at this point.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 99,153 2013 Ford Escapes and 2013 Ford Fusions equipped with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine because they may overheat, increasing the risk of an engine fire, according to a statement by the company.

"Ford is voluntarily recalling these vehicles because of reports of engine overheating, results in engine fires while the engine is running," Ford said. "No injuries have been reported."

It added: "Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by engine fires say that their clusters have shown the message "Engine Power Reduced To Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely." Some also indicated that their instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light. Drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle."

Ford is advising customers to contact their dealers to set up alternative transportation at no cost until a repair can be performed.

There is no date for the recall at this point. Ford said it is working on a repair procedure. When parts are available, the company will notify customers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., has not published any information about the recall on its Web site.

Ford noted that 2013 Ford Escapes with the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines are not part of the recall. Neither are 2013 Ford Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the affected 2013 Ford Escapes or Fusions, park it and set up alternative transportation with Ford.

Comments

  • clem5544 clem5544 Posts:

    I got my 2013 Escape 11/30 to find out Ford recalled this model! I thought this was illegal! I guess my Ford dealer in Inverness,FL is laughing at me now.

  • wantmycar wantmycar Posts:

    I bought an Escape - 1.6L - the week after thanksgiving (2012) and have had it for only 2 weeks since then. The recall for the potential overheating problem required me to give up the car and wait for the fix - for which ford didn't even have a solution when they issued the recall. I can only hope that the fix doesn't result in poor performance resulting from reprogramming of the vehicle to keep it from getting hot. If the car comes back from ford with different performance than the car I test drove, and bought, I will investigate my options for what actions I may be able to take to get a replacement car - maybe a 2.0L without the problems.

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