Ford recalling 89k 2013 Escape and Fusion models, urges owners to park them

Article by Christian A., on December 3, 2012

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.

Ford revealed that the new Escape will now have the choice of two EcoBoost engines, a first for the brand. This engine technology has long been given recognition by different bodies and is the reason why Ford models have managed to offer driving performance and fuel economy far superior to any of its rivals. The first engine will be the four-cylinder 2.0-liter unit with the second being the four-cylinder 1.6-liter engine, introduced for the first time in the U.S. market.

These EcoBoost engines form the basis of brand’s strategy when it comes to having powertrains that are highly advanced technologically and that have smaller displacement while delivering high output. The powertrains are able to give excellent performance and remarkable fuel economy that millions of drivers worldwide highly appreciate.

According to Ford, it is projected that by 2013, at least 90% of its lineup in North America will have the EcoBoost technology. Under this technology, the brand carries an estimated number of 125 patents. As part of the EcoBoost range, the two new engines will have the basic technologies like turbocharging and direct fuel injection. However, it also has the twin independent variable camshaft timing or Ti-VCT.

Thus the 2.0-liter engine will have more torque compared to the V6 engine equipped in the Toyota RAV4. For the 1.6-liter engine, the brand expects that fuel economy will be among the best when it comes to compact SUVs. In fact, it is estimated that compared to the engine fitted in the outgoing Escape, the 1.6-liter engine will have fuel economy that is improved by as much as 5 mpg.

The EcoBoost engine has long been the popular choice for many customers ever since Ford introduced the EcoBoost V6 inside the Lincoln MKS and Ford Taurus SHO back in 2009.

Powertrain Supervisor Roger Maynard shared that while the new Escape already has a wide range of advanced and smart features, giving customers the ability to choose between two EcoBoost engines complements this best. The two engines, he added, are expected to offer driving performance that is more high-spirited while ensuring that fuel economy is maximized.

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