Ford Blames TI Automotive Supplier For 2013 Escape Recall

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Ford Motor Company recalled 11,500 Escape SUVs last week because of a fire risk due to a manufacturing flaw in the fuel lines supplied by TI Automotive.  Some of the fuel lines were mechanically scored at TI Automotive’s plant in Ashley, Indiana according to documents filed this past Friday with the NHTSA.

A fuel line that has a cut on the surface could split open and leak according to the documents with the NHTSA.

The problem has forced Ford to take a rare step by telling owners to stop driving the 2013 Escapes.

The affected vehicles were made at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant between October and July 2011.

TI Automotive has fixed the defect since then.  On June 9, a Ford employee noticed an “underhood fire,” which is when the company started to investigate the issue more.