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Recall: Third Time for 2013 Ford Escape

Leaking coolant on 1.6-liter models can cause fires under the hood.

By Clifford Atiyeh Sep 5, 2012 12:04PM
2013 Ford Escape (c) MSN AutosFord is recalling the 2013 Escape to fix engine plugs that could leak coolant, according to a filing Tuesday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's the third time the new Escape has been recalled since it went on sale earlier this year.

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.

[Source: NHTSA]

Sep 5, 2012 2:03PM
Thats why you never buy the first year of a new model car folks !
Sep 5, 2012 1:27PM
I love my Escape.  'Got rear ended on the freeway...they were going about 75.  My car held the road and I got safely over to the side.  I got head and neck injuries, but that is to be expected in something like that. It could have been a lot worse. 
Sep 5, 2012 4:45PM
For everyone who says foriegn cars are better than American cars don't know what you are talking about. I have had 2 (two) cars in the last 20 years. A 1992 Chevy Lumina that lasted 12 years and 245,000 miles. A 2002 Ford Taurus with 208,000 miles and is still going strong. Most cars will last a long time and many miles if they are properly taken care of.
Sep 5, 2012 2:43PM


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."

Sep 5, 2012 4:59PM
I leased Explorers for the company I ran until I retired. (4 or 5) I personally owned 6 from the first series produced to the current series. The only time ANY of them were in the shop was for maintenance and tires. I wish I had kept track of the combined mileage but I will guess it would be near 750,000 miles. Not a bad record for vehicles that spent a a lot of time on oil-lease roads and lumber operations. 
Sep 5, 2012 5:30PM
Why do these people always have recalls? Slow down and build them right the first time.
Sep 5, 2012 7:55PM
I rather have the vehicle recalled and fixed immediately rather the company knowing about a problem and not doing anything until years later, perhaps after someone has been hurt, or even worse killed, by a problem that could have been corrected long before a tragic accident occurred.
Sep 5, 2012 1:48PM
My 2009 Escape has been excellent. Sometimes when you completely redo a model odd things get messed up. Every manufacturer has had this happen. Look at the strange stuff Toyota has had to deal with in the last two years. None of the 2013 Escape recalls have been huge ones, but three on one model means they better take a look at their quality control. I'm still a Ford supporter.
Sep 5, 2012 1:49PM
90% of fords purchased in the last 10 years are still on the road.....the rest of them somehow made it home.
Sep 5, 2012 10:30PM
I'm no Ford fan, but a new model from the ground up usually means alot of bugs to work out the first year.  Regardless of the auto maker, this is pretty common with new or re-designed models.
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