2013 Ford Escape Recalled Again -- This Time for Potential Gas Leaks
Models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine are affected; NHTSA investigates older models for sticking throttles.
In a statement today, Ford was unusually serious, warning customers to stop driving their vehicles and to "immediately contact their dealer." Ford said dealers would drop off loaner cars directly to owners while their cars were being repaired, which should take "less than two weeks." The recall extends to 11,500 vehicles built mostly for the U.S. market. Ford customers can call 1-866-436-7332 or visit Ford's owner website for more details.
No injuries, accidents or deaths have been reported in connection with this recall, according to Ford.
On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into 2001-2004 Escape and the identical Mazda Tribute SUVs after receiving 99 owner complaints -- including the report of a fatal crash in January -- of throttles not returning to idle when the gas pedal is released. The investigation covers approximately 730,000 vehicles equipped with V6 engines, and may be related to problems caused during a 2004 recall related to the accelerator cable, the agency said.
[Source: Ford, NHTSA.]
Congratulations FORD. At least you're standing behind your product and doing the right thing for your customers.
I had my previous Ford for 11 years and was completely satisfied with it. It only went to the shop for oil changes and regular maintenance as suggested in the manual. I have had other Fords that served me well so this time around when I wanted to downsize my Ford Explorer Sport 2dr I chose a Ford Fiesta. I love it and I know it will last a long time.
Most people who complain about their car problems don't follow the manual suggestions and expect them to last without a little care.
Ford is at least honest enough to tell its customers about problems. I applaud Ford and will stick with them if and when I need another car.
@Frosty, that's because Toyota HID the TRUTH about how their cars were killing people, with "unexpected" acceleration, as well as smearing the truth with the "floor mat" issue.
Ford (to my knowledge if I'm wrong let me know with a FACTUAL link) has NEVER smeared the truth about a safety item, denied it, or (like GM says) stated that it is not a "real-life event", refusing to recall it.
Oh and BTW, when GM and Dodge recall a car, who pays for that labor that the tech does? That's right, WE THE TAXPAYER do!!!
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