Ford Motor Co. has issued another recall of the 2013 Escape crossover – its 11th – due to a wiring issue that could make the engine hesitate or stall. The recall includes 159,395 MY2013-2014 Escapes and Focus ST hatchbacks with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines in North America. According to Ford, the engine wiring harnesses may have splices “insufficiently compressed during the supplier manufacturing process.”
It said that the issue could affect engine performance by sending incorrect signals to the powertrain control module, leading to glitches like stalling, lesser engine power, hesitation or illumination of the engine-malfunction indicator light. No injuries or crashes are tied to the issue.
Ford is instructing its dealers to replace the wiring splices. The Escape has been one of the most recalled vehicles in United States since it was redesigned in 2013. Despite that, it remains the second most-popular crossover in the country, just slightly behind the Honda CR-V.
It grew 19 percent in July and was Ford's No. 3 vehicle in the US in terms of sales in the first seven months of 2014 (179,448 units).
According to a Ford spokeswoman, the latest recall covers 17,354 Focus STs built from February 2012 through October 2013 and 142,041 Escapes produced from October 2011 through April 2013. Around 133,000 of them are in the US, 25,000 are in Canada and less than 800 units are in Mexico.