- Ford Motor Co. is recalling 159,395 2013-'14 Ford Focus ST hatchbacks and Ford Escape SUVs in North America because of a stalling risk linked to defective engine wiring harnesses.
- No accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall.
- The recall will begin the week of September 29.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 159,395 2013-'14 Ford Focus ST hatchbacks and Ford Escape SUVs in North America because of a stalling risk linked to defective engine wiring harnesses, according to Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman.
The affected cars are equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
"In some of the affected vehicles, there may be engine wiring harnesses with splices that were insufficiently compressed during the supplier manufacturing process," Felker said in an e-mailed message. "Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices may cause erroneous signals to the Powertrain Control Module that may affect engine performance.
"This may result in an engine malfunction indicator light, reduced engine power, hesitation or other engine drivability symptoms or engine stall. Engine stall while driving with no warning may increase the risk of a crash."
No accidents or injuries have been linked to the recall.
The affected Focus ST cars were built at the Michigan Assembly Plant from February 14, 2012 through October 14, 2013. The affected Escape SUVs were built at the Louisville Assembly Plant from October 5, 2011 through April 1, 2013.
As of July 31, approximately 133,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S. Approximately 25,400 are in Canada and 789 are in Mexico.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: This recall will not begin for several weeks. If you own one of these vehicles and have an immediate concern, contact your dealer.