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.