2013 Ford Escape Recalled for Fire Risks


  • 2013 Ford Escape Picture

    2013 Ford Escape Picture

    Ford has issued two new recalls for fire risks in the 2013 Ford Escape. | November 26, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Ford is recalling 139,917 2013 Ford Escape SUVs equipped with 1.6-liter engines in the U.S. after reports of engine fires.
  • Of those vehicles, approximately 9,469 are part of a second recall that involves an inspection in order to prevent a fuel leak that could also potentially result in an engine compartment fire.
  • As of November 18, Ford said it is aware of 12 field reports of fires in the U.S. and one in Canada, according to documents filed with the federal government.

WASHINGTON — Ford is recalling 139,917 2013 Ford Escape SUVs equipped with 1.6-liter engines in the U.S. after reports of engine fires, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The affected vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire."

The affected Escapes were built from October 5, 2011 through June 2, 2013.

Of those vehicles, approximately 9,469 are part of a second recall that involves an inspection in order to prevent a fuel leak that could also potentially result in an engine compartment fire, NHTSA said.

These vehicles were recalled on July 18, 2012 to fix an engine compartment fuel line that may have been damaged during manufacture.

"In some cases, the engine compartment fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The mis-installed fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire."

NHTSA said "all covered vehicles, regardless of being remedied under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign."

The affected Escapes in the smaller recall were built from October 5, 2011 through July 11, 2012.

As of November 18, Ford said it is aware of 12 field reports of fires in the U.S. and one in Canada, according to documents filed with the federal government.

In addition, Ford said it has received warranty reports of fuel odor or leaks related to engine compartment fuel lines on the 2013 Escape SUVs that were previously recalled.

The automaker said "neither (of the recalls) has resulted in any reports of injury."

These are the fourth and fifth recalls that Ford has issued to fix fire risks with the Escape.

The latest Escape recalls are expected to begin on January 23. In the larger recall, Ford dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems. In the smaller recall, Ford dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line and replace it, if necessary.

Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned Ford Escapes and notice a problem, the best thing is to get it into your dealership immediately, since these new recalls are about eight weeks away.

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