Recall: Third Time for 2013 Ford Escape
Leaking coolant on 1.6-liter models can cause fires under the hood.
In August, a Nashville Ford dealer reported an underhood fire on a 2013 Escape during a test drive when an engine cylinder head cup plug came loose. The cup plugs keep coolant from flowing out of the engine's external cooling jacket, and typically pop out only if the coolant freezes and expand. However, in this instance and a similar problem Ford found in July, the plug simply loosened, causing coolant to leak and catch fire when the glycol in the coolant contacted the overheated engine.
Ford is recalling only models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which was recalled in July for fuel lines that could split and leak gasoline. Ford says 6,146 vehicles with that engine will be recalled in the U.S., out of about 7,600 worldwide. Dealers will seal the plug and fit a cap on top beginning Sept. 10. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Also in July, Ford recalled nearly all 2013 Escape crossovers for carpet padding that could interfere with the driver's use of the brake pedal. During that month, Ford recalled nearly 485,000 Escape SUVs from 2001-2004 after NHTSA received 99 owner complaints -- including the report of a fatal crash in January -- of throttles not returning to idle when the gas pedal was released.
HENRY FORD ENTERING HEAVEN
At the gates of Heaven, the angel tells Henry Ford, "Well, you've been such a good guy and your invention, the car, changed the world. As a reward, you can hang out with anyone you want in heaven."
Henry Ford thinks about it and says, "I wanna hang with Adam, the first man." So, the angel points Adam out to Ford.
When Ford gets to Adam, Ford asks, "Hey, aren't you the inventor of the woman?"
Adam says, "Yes."
"Well, says Ford, "You have some major design flaws in your invention:
1. There's too much front end protrusion.
2. It chatters at high speeds.
3. The rear end wobbles too much.
4. And the intake is placed too close to the exhaust."
"Hmmm...", says Adam, "Hold on." So Adam goes to the celestial supercomputer, types in a few keystrokes, and waits for the results. The computer prints out a slip of paper and Adam reads it.
Adam says "It may be that my invention is flawed, but according to the stellar computer, more men are riding my invention than yours."
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