Ford Is Recalling 73,000 Escapes and 15,800 Fusions

Posted Dec 1, 2012

Ford Motor Company is recalling vehicles that have a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines because of a potential fire hazard.  This covers 65,000 2013 Escape vehicles and almost 15,000 2013 Ford Fusions in the United States according to the NHTSA.  Around 8,000 Escapes and 800 more Fusions are getting recalled in Canada.  The 2013 Fusions and Escapes with the two-liter or 2.5-liter engines are not affected.  Around 13 fires have happened, but no injuries have been reported stated Ford spokesman Said Deep.

Ford told the NHTSA that they are investigating reports of fires happening under the hood since early September.  They found an unidentified liquid that was leaking when the engine was overheated.  If the liquid touches the exhaust system, a fire may happen.

This is not the firs time that Ford had problems with leaking fluid and fires with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.  This past September, Ford recalled around 6,100 2013 Escape crossovers after it was revealed that a coolant leak could cause fires.

Ford is “developing a fix to address the fire risk.”  Some Ford car owners saw warnings on the instruments that said “Engine power reduced to lower temps” or “Engine over temp.”

Deep said that Ford will be giving loaner vehicles at no cost.  Any damage that is caused by overheating will also be repaired without a charge.  Ford recalled around 11,500 2013 Escape crossovers because a fuel line on the 1.6-liter EcoBoost could leak.