2013 Ford Escape SUVs Recalled Over Risk of Engine Fire

It’s been a tough few weeks for the Ford Escape. Reports suggest that Ford Motors is recalling an extra 11,500 brand new Ford Escape SUVs in North America. Last weekend, the automaker recalled 8,300 2013 Escapes due to carpet problems that can affect the use of the brake pedal. Now the Ford Escape recall involves defective fuel lines that can cause engine fires.

Ford to Escape from 1.6-liter engines in 2013 SUV

According to Ford, not all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs have the problem with the motor compartment fuel line that can leak fuel and cause a fire in the motor compartment. In fact, only the 1.6-liter engines have the problem.

“Our intensive investigation and testing has identified the area of concern and we are moving as quickly as possible to repair vehicles for our customers,” said Ray Nevi of Ford’s safety office. “In the meantime, it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer.”

Not casual

Unlike some vehicle recalls where the car maker gently suggests that owners should bring their vehicle in for a quick fix, this Escape recall is more pointed, as personal safety is at threat. While no injuries have been reported to date, there have been three reports of fires brought on by the defect. Dealerships have been instructed to stop selling any 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter motors until the necessary repairs are made to prevent motor fires.

In total, the Ford Escape recalls affects 11,500 of the SUVs sold in the U.S. and Canada. Of those, 4,800 are known to have been sold to consumers. The remainder still sits on dealer lots, and will be fixed as required before sale, noted Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel.

“We are obviously taking very quick action in the interest of our customers’ safety,” she said.

You might be safe

If you own a brand new Ford Escape, you do not have to stress about being impacted by the recall, according to Zwiebel. It really is only for those 1.6-liter motor models.

On July 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to start an investigation into 730,000 older Ford Escapes. There were 99 complaints about unintended acceleration to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and that is why it is looking at fuel line issues and carpet difficulties.

Guest Blogger, Cornelius Nunev Gus Johnson used cars.

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This post was written by admin on July 30, 2012

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