Ford recalls Escapes, Fusions for engine fire risk


DETROIT— Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is recalling more than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans because the engines can overheat and cause fires.

The recall affects vehicles from the 2013 model year with 1.6-liter engines that were sold in the U.S. and Canada, the company said in a statement.

Ford says it’s working on a fix and is asking owners to contact dealers, who will arrange for loaner cars at no charge until the repairs are made. The company says the engines can catch fire when they overheat and fluids leak onto hot parts. It was unclear exactly what caused the engines to overheat.

It’s the fourth recall in four months for the all-new Escape, a top seller for Ford in the important compact SUV segment of the market. The new 2013 version went on sale in the spring, and it already has had problems with coolant leaks, cracked fuel lines and carpet padding. Safety advocates say that more than three recalls in a car’s first year are a sign of quality problems, although Ford has said previously that the recalls show it’s moving quickly to address safety problems.

Ford spokesman Said Deep said the recall comes after the company received reports of 12 fires in Escapes and one in a Fusion. No injuries have been reported.

Ford urged people owners of the recalled vehicles to call dealers to get loaner cars. The cars can still be driven, but owners whose dashboard warning lights illuminate should pull off the road, turn off the engine and leave the vehicle, the company said.

“It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible,” Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office, said in the statement.

Escape and Fusion owners can get find out more about the recall by going to Ford’s website, , and clicking “View Notices and Recalls” in the “Support” tab. Owners can type in the 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicles are included. They can also call Ford at               (866) 436-7332 in the U.S. or (888) 222-7814       in Canada, Ford said in a statement.

The recall affects Fusions and Escapes with “SE” and “SEL” packages. Models with different engines don’t have the problem and are not involved in the recall. About 73,000 Escapes and 16,000 Fusions are affected.

In September the company recalled 7,600 new Escapes to fix coolant leaks that can cause engines to overheat or catch fire. The Escapes also have 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Plugs in the engine may not have been installed properly and can fall out while the motor is running. Coolant can leak and cause engines to overheat.

In July, the company recalled 11,500 Escapes to fix fuel lines that can crack, leak and cause fires. In the same month Ford recalled more than 10,000 of the vehicles to fix carpet padding that can interfere with braking.

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  • del pillar

    Lately there are so many recalled items from car makers and probably it is time for the government to have a hand on the quality control of these car makers!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mel


  • del pillar

    In the first place I know that before you can market or offer the customers your product/s there should be first passed the quality control of the company involved, this is a presumption all the buyers know and if there is/are something wrong later that is/are found out the company should be responsible either for damages or change all products to conform with what is guaranteed??

  • crab2008

    FORD means fix or repair daily. they live up to their name!! ford is a rotten company. ask an owner of ford car, not one of them is happy. 

  • Jean Claude

    HAHA GREAT!!! DONT BUY FORD. BOYCOTT FORD. That is the price they pay because they are not made in the Philippines anymore. 

  • CN

    Filipino people, magising naman kayo. Di ba si Ford
    ang umalis sa
    Pilipinas this year to put its manufacturing in another country?
    Madaming nawalan ng trabaho at investment income ang Pilipinas. ANO BA?
    Bakit bibili pa kayo ng Ford? Gumising kayo madlang people.


  • Fz20

    kinopya pa nila yung design ng hyundai tucson.

  • akoombulator

    stupid design magpalit ka lang ng spark plug halos baklasin mo na buong makina stupid

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