- Ford is recalling 692,744 2013-'14 Ford Escape SUVs for exterior door handles that could open while driving.
- No accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall.
- The recall is expected to begin in late May.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 692,744 2013-'14 Ford Escape SUVs for exterior door handles that could open while driving, according to the automaker.
The affected Escapes are being recalled "for a potential issue with exterior door handles that could bind," said Ford in a statement provided to Edmunds on Monday. "If the handle does bind, it could prevent the door from latching properly.
"This may result in a door which is difficult to close, or potentially opens while driving, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant."
No accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall.
As of April 28, 579,285 of the affected Escapes are in the U.S., with others in Canada and Mexico. Ford said there may be "additional vehicles affected in other markets."
The affected vehicles include Escapes built from October 5, 2011 through April 10, 2014 at the Louisville Assembly Plant.
Ford dealers will inspect all four exterior door handles and reposition them as necessary.
The recall is expected to begin in late May. Owners can contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, told us: "If somebody has an issue, they can absolutely call their dealer now" and make an appointment for the repair.