2013 Ford Escape crossover is on its third recall ever since it first came out. In this latest recall, 7,600 units are affected. These vehicles, which are powered by the 1.6-liter engine units, run the risk of having their cup plug dislodged. This may lead to a fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to announce the recall.
In the U.S., there are 6,150 units affected. If the plug dislodges, the coolant will drain, leading to an immediate fire risk. Ford said that no reports of fires have been reported by customers. However, there was one incident at a dealership. Ford already has the parts required for the repair in stock. It will take over three hours to fix each vehicle.
Ford will put more sealant and will place a second plug over the original part. In the second recall announced last July, Ford asked customers to immediately stop driving their vehicles due to the fire risk from a defective fuel line. The case in the third recall doesn’t appear to be anywhere near that urgent. For questions, customers can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.
This marks the first time that Ford will be offering two different EcoBoost engines on the Ford Escape. These engines – known for providing dynamic capability that doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy – will be available for the new Ford Escape in the forms of 1.6-liter four-cylinder mill and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. Each of these engines features the EcoBoost’s core technologies like direct fuel injection and turbocharging. These engines also feature twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT).
As a result, the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost could develop more torque than the larger V6 powerplant that serves as the core of the Toyota RAV4. Meanwhile, the new 1.6-liter mill could return more fuel economy than any compact SUV in its segment. In fact, it is up to 5 percent more fuel efficient that the current Ford Escape.
Because of its inherent advantages in terms of power delivery and fuel efficiency, EcoBoost has become the engine technology of choice among Ford customers since the carmaker launched the EcoBoost V6 mill in 2009 in the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS. True enough, EcoBoost engines have become an essential part of Ford’s strategy to offer highly advanced powertrain that aren’t only small and high-output, but are also very fuel efficient and are able to provide the needed performance drivers want and need. Ford expects that by 2013, over 90 percent of its vehicle offerings in North America will be available with EcoBoost technology. Interestingly, Ford has over 125 patents on its EcoBoost engine technology.
Roger Maynard, Powertrain supervisor at Ford, remarked that by offering customers with two EcoBoost engine choices, the carmaker is able to highlight the smart, high-tech features available in the new Ford Escape, Maynard added that the 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter EcoBoost engines are expected to provided spirited drive while optimizing fuel economy.