- Ford is recalling 70,209 2005-'08 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2006-'08 Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUVs because of a problem that could lead to stalling.
- The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail.
- The recall will begin on October 27.
WASHINGTON — Ford is recalling 70,209 2005-'08 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2006-'08 Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUVs because of a problem that could lead to stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail, resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the hybrid electronics system overheats, it may shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash."
The affected Escape Hybrids were built from October 13, 2003 through June 20, 2008. The affected Mariner Hybrids were built from June 10, 2005 through June 20, 2008.
Ford told federal safety regulators it is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
Dealers will inspect and replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant Pump with an improved brushless pump. The recall will begin on October 27. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Edmunds says: This recall is several weeks away, so if you have an immediate concern it's best to get in touch with your dealer.