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Recall: 2013 Ford Escape, Fusion for engine fires

Ford recalls the 2013 Escape for the fourth time; three of the four recalls involve the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.

By Exhaust Notes Dec 1, 2012 12:15AM
Ford is recalling the 2013 Escape and Fusion for engines that can overheat and cause fires, the company said late Friday.

About 73,320 Escape and 15,833 Fusion models in SE and SEL trims equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine are affected, the majority within the U.S. No other models or engine types are affected, Ford said.

Ford said that drivers who see instrument panel warnings such as “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps,” “Engine over temp, stop safely” or red lights and chimes should  "safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle." At least 13 fires have been reported to Ford, and all but one have occurred in Escape models, according to Automotive News.

One complaint filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in October reported an engine fire on a 2013 Escape after the owner's third recall repair had been completed. "Within minutes, brown, oily smoke came out from under the hood. Then flames came out from under the hood, at the windshield and out the sides of the engine compartment," the complaint said. "Then the car burst into flames and was destroyed."

Ford is providing loaner vehicles to customers at no cost. The company has not announced when the recall would begin, but customers can find out more by calling Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or noting the VIN number and checking it on Ford's website.

This is the fourth recall for the new Escape since it went on sale late spring, and the third recall involving serious problems on Ford's new 1.6-liter engine. In September, Ford recalled 7,600 Escape models to fix engine plugs that could leak coolant and contact hot engine parts, resulting in engine fires. 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.

In July, Ford recalled 11,500 Escape models for fuel lines that could split and leak gasoline. 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.

This is the first recall for the 2013 Fusion.

[Source: Ford]
48Comments
Dec 1, 2012 8:14AM
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Fords new warning light, attention your brand new grossly overpriced vehicle is on fire, bail for your life.
Dec 3, 2012 10:45AM
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I was always told never to buy the first model year of any new or newly redesigned vehicle to allow the maker to get all of the design flaws fixed (aka recalls).  In fact it is usually a good idea to wait until the 3rd or 4th model year to be on the safe side.  Yes, the design may not look as fresh but the quality of the product is usually better.
Dec 4, 2012 1:56PM
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Yes this argument is stupid. They all have issues. As far as The Death wobble. That originated in the Ram p/u. They(Dodge) are having a huge issue with this . My brother in law owns one. We have not had that issue in the f150 or f250s  I don't really want to start an argument here but Toyota has not been so great with the rotting out truck frames. Yes I know they just now decided to have a recall. Again I don't want a "who's got the better cars/trucks" here. because personally I wouldn't own a Toyota or Honda .My family has just had great luck with Ford so we will continue to buy them Just as some of you will stick with Toyota and Honda. 
Dec 4, 2012 11:29AM
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Well at least they are doing a recall compared to some other brands that try to cover up issues before they are forced to have a recall. A girl at work has a 2013 escape Ford called her at work yesterday to advise her of the recall. The dealership told her not to drive the vehicle,they had a loaner car waiting there and picked up her car the same day. She was extremely impressed.  Personally my family has driven Fords for over 40 years and until we have any real issues that aren't taken care of we will continue doing so. Yes I have some recalls with Ford, but I always have had any issues taken care of w/o any problems. I have heard a lot of horror stories of other brands,mostly Toyota of major problems that took forever to be taken care or not taken care of at all. I even tried going with Chrysler one time. Boy what a train wreck that was. I ended up taking such a lose on that thing just to get out of the headache  
Dec 3, 2012 7:06PM
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According to multiple sources, Ford says they've received 12 reports of Escape fires and 1 Fusion fire so far......
Dec 1, 2012 5:45PM
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Wow...  More Fords spontaneously combusting? As if the 16 million from the famous "swith fire" wasn't enough...and what's this? A death from a sticking accelerator?  Where is the equal "roasting" on mainstream TV that Toyota received?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 4, 2012 7:24AM
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So much for the supposed hundreds of thousands of miles of exhaustive testing purported to be done before a new vehicle is offered to the public!
Dec 2, 2012 5:32AM
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Fix or Repair Daily. The American Idol Icon car. The young people don't remember the Ford Pinto... I will never get that out of my head. Where's the Media on this one? The Toyota company paid Billions to Obama over the peddal issue. Remember when that was happening, that same week there thousands of reports from accidents that all of the sudden all accidents were because of that. The guy in the Prius in California was proven to be a fraud when the cops were chasing him. He didn't want a ticket so he said his peddal was stuck. I'll take a Toyota / Lexus over any Ford.. everytime.
Dec 3, 2012 2:09PM
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Sarduci,

The number of Fords recalled for the switch fire was nearly 16 Million. Many actually caught on fire and caused homes to burn down, vehicles to be lost and much more property damage. No amount of displacement on your part or the poor attempt at deflecting towards Honda's CR-V or calling me a Toyota fan (which I'm not) can dispute those facts.

Addtionally,

Your solution to avoid an engine is your typical displacement stance on any problem that Detroit automakers have. BTW, many Fords are imported, assembled with imported parts in foreign countries with foreign labor. Based on your logic, Americans should avoid most of Ford's products.

Enjoy your black kettle.

Dec 4, 2012 10:37AM
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Troy, "Many actually caught fire"  Once again your misleading propaganda against an American car manufacturer.  Ok, so your saying 16million Fords caught on fire??  and lets say over 10million homes caught on fire??  Your incredible amigo..  Not deflecting either.  Just reminding you and everyone else Ford is not the only manufacturer to have recalls.  I hate to break the news to you. you do have a history of defending Toyota to the last breath.
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