The 2013 Ford Escape Has Been In The News Lately For All The Wrong Reasons................
Within a few months of its release the SUV was recalled three times, twice because of the threat of engine fire.
In July of 2012, due to a fuel line that could split and leak, Ford told owners to park their vehicles because even driving to the dealership for repairs was deemed too dangerous. Instead, in what was a unprecedented move, Ford sent tow trucks to pick up the vehicles and handed out rental vehicles, while owners waited for repairs.
A few months later the Escape was recalled agin because antifreeze was leaking out onto the engines due to a freeze plug becoming dislodged. As the coolant hit the engines there was, once again the threat of fires in the engine compartment.
Popular Mechanics magazine Dec. 2012 issue has picked the Ford Escape as its car of the year with much praise. The recalls were for a paticular model and not many of them. Did you note rein the past week that Toyota is recalling millions of their cars? Not a few thousand.
By Steven J. Ewing
Posted Sep 5th 2012 4:26PM
Oh dear. As if the previous two recalls weren't bad enough, the brand new 2013 Ford Escape is under fire yet again for, well, fire. Or at least the potential for it.
According to The Detroit News, 7,600 Escape models – 6,150 of which are in the United States – equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine are being recalled due to a faulty cup plug in the engine cylinder head. In the event this cup dislodges, coolant could rapidly leak and create what The Detroit News calls a "combustible glycol concentration" that can catch fire near hot engine components. According to Ford, this recall only affects vehicles with manually installed cup plugs and that only approximately 0.4 percent of the recalled Escapes will have faulty parts. The vehicles in question were built between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
Ford has not received any reports of fires from customers, though one Escape reportedly caught fire at a dealership in Tennessee.
Back in July, Ford recalled the 2013 Escape due to faulty engine compartment fuel lines in vehicles fitted with the 1.6-liter engine, and asked owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately. The Detroit News reports that Ford will not be issuing a similar warning regarding this new recall because the threat of a fire is much smaller. Also in July, 10,000 Escapes were recalled over a brake pedal interference issue.
Neither Ford or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an official statement as of this writing.