Ford Recalls 149,386 Escape Vehicles due to Fuel and Oil Leaks; 7th Recall of Ford Escape since Redesign
For the seventh time since its redesign in the spring of 2012, Ford will recall 149,386 Escape SUVs in two separate actions due to fuel and oil line defects. This is the fourth fuel line recall Ford has had since July 2012 with their vehicles.
The first recall affects 139,917 Ford Escapes that were manufactured October 5, 2011, through June 2, 2013 and are equipped with the EcoBoost 4-cylinder 1.6L engine. The reason for the recall is that the engine cylinder can overheat which may cause cracks. These cracks could cause oil to leak to the engine surface, which could result in an engine fire. According to the defect notice, there have been 13 fires that have occurred because of this defect.
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Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s recall number is 13S12.
The second recall affects 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine. The reason for the recall is that there is a fuel line defect within the vehicles. These vehicles had been recalled once before for the same issue. During the first recall, engine fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall. Currently, the fuel line could break and leak fuel, which increases the likelihood of a car fire.
Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s recall number is 13S12.
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