Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of around 89,000 2013 Ford Escape crossovers and Fusion sedans with 1.6-liter engines that could overheat and lead to fires. It’s estimated that about 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions in the U.S. and Canada are affected by the voluntary recall. Ford informed customers that they should get in touch with a dealer as early as possible to be given alternative transportation at no additional charge.
Ford said that the recall was issued over complaints of engine overheating and fluids leaking on hot parts, leading to engine fires while the engine runs. Ford is still working to find out the source of the overheating problem. Ford said that so far, there has been no report of injuries.
Ford has received reports of 12 fires in Escapes and one in a Fusion, according to a report from The Associated Press citing Ford spokesman Said Deep. Since the debut of the redesigned 2013 Escape this spring, it has been included in a recall four times. The Fusion was redesigned for 2013 and started selling this fall. The instrument clusters of several drivers who encountered high engine temperatures followed by engine fires showed this message: "Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely."
Meanwhile, some drivers said that from their instrument clusters came a chime and a red light was seen. In a statement, Steve Kenner, director of Ford's automotive safety office, said that the issue has been identified and so the company is now working to serve the “best interest” of its customers. He added that it’s vital for customers to take notice of this recall and call their dealer as soon as they can. He explained that the inconvenience is unfortunate but that the company is making these efforts to guarantee that the customers are safe.