Ford recalls 11,500 new Escape SUVs in North America

Article by Christian A., on July 20, 2012

Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of 11,500 new Escape SUVs in North America due to the risk of engine fires. In a statement, Ford said that the recall covers model year 2013 Escapes that are powered by 1.6-liter engines to replace engine compartment fuel lines that could split and leak fuel, resulting to fires under the hood.

Ray Nevi, assistant director of Ford's automotive safety office, said that its rigorous investigation and testing has named what areas to be concerned about. He also said that the company is doing its best to repair the vehicles the fastest way they can. He added that it is very important that customers who are affected be aware of this recall and instantly get in touch with their dealer.

Ford informed owners to call their local Ford dealer right away so that loaner vehicles could be sent. Ford said that the recalled Escapes will be chosen and sent to dealerships to be repaired. Dealers have been informed to halt sales of 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines until they’re fixed. Ford claims that this defect had not resulted to any injuries.

This recall doesn’t include Escape models with other engines. Ford said that 9,300 of the Escapes being recalled are in the U.S. and that the rest are located in Canada. Aaron Bragman of IHS Global Insight said that the company would consider it a liability since the defect occurred when the units were just being shuttled at the plant.

The new Ford Escape provides the flexibility and cargo volume SUV clients want plus a sports-inspired style.

Design Executive Director of Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa Martin Smith said that the Escape's sporty appeal is intentional. They wanted to produce the impression of a sportsman like a swimmer or a runner in the new exterior - all the way to the intricate muscles similar to that of an athlete that shows energy and movement.

The latest Ford SUV will be available as the Escape will be released in the US a little later as it is marked by a Kuga badge in various markets worldwide.

Form before function is evident in this latest model but the elegant design enables more cargo to be loaded which makes it better than its predecessor - with 68.1 cubic feet of room at the back of the first row and 34.3 cubic feet at the back of the second row. The latest Kuga will be somehow longer than the present model, allowing more space for luggage.

Escape's seats, the latest by Ford, cut down weight while adding comfort. The seat shape has been trimmed to almost 3 lbs. while the seats themselves function more – with added features to the usual six-way flexibility like the two-way power lumbar support and the two-way power recline.

A seat similar to a sports vehicle, with higher bolsters and a significant sew design is also optional.

The front head restraint provides flexibility in four ways, which is totally new for this model. The back seats and the head restraints now use soy-based material and have been improved to enable easier folding.

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