Ford Announces Recall of 89,000 Vehicles Due to Engine Fire Risk

2013 Ford Escape

It’s been a rough start for the 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion models.  Both are complete redesigns that focus on technology, fuel economy, styling and safety, but it’s that last part that’s wreaked havoc on both.  The fourth recall for the Escape, and the first on the Fusion.  Read on for more details regarding this recall.

At the heart of the matter is Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.  While responsible for two of the previous three recalls, this one is the most serious.  Something about it causes it to overheat, and while it isn’t yet clear what the cause is, in some cases it’s led to an under-hood fire.  Ford is still working out the repair procedures, but in the mean time, is urging customers to park their cars and contact their local dealer, who will set up alternate transportation until the issue is resolved.  Ford is also reimbursing customers for any overheating-related expenses.

2013 Ford Fusion

The recall only affects 1.6-liter EcoBoost-equipped Escapes and Fusions, so if you’re driving a Hybrid or one with the 2.5-liter, 2.0-liter EcoBoost, you’re fine.  “Titanium” examples of each are unaffected as well.  I suspect it’s either packaging of the engine, or an errantly-placed hose or pressure line which is causing the headaches, and hope Ford figures it out soon.  While the redesigns of both vehicles have been quite popular, a string of recalls like this can’t do anything but hurt sales figures in the longer term.

The combined figure of roughly 89,000 includes some 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions either sold or in the distribution channel in the US and Canada, with most of them residing in the US.

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by John Suit

Source: Ford

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