Ford is recalling 6,146 Escape SUVs from the 2013 model year. The recall applies to models with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines that could have an engine coolant leak. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that if the coolant leaks and evaporates on the engine when it is hot, a fire could start.
In addition, Ford has issued two other recalls for the 2013 Escape. In July, Ford recalled 8,266 Escape models for a problem with the proximity of the carpet padding to the brake and gas pedals. NHTSA said that the driver could inadvertently touch the side of the brake pedal when moving his or her foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal, “increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash.” There was another recall in July for 2013 Escape models with a 1.6-liter engine. NHTSA said that the fuel line in 9,320 models could split and cause a leak, which could result in a fire.
Regarding the latest Escape recall, The Detroit News reports, “Ford said it has no reports of fires from customers, but one fire in an Escape SUV on a dealer lot was reported in Tennessee.”
The affected Escape SUVs were manufactured from Oct. 5, 2011 through Aug. 31, 2012. You can see when your 2013 Escape was built by looking on the inside of the driver’s door jamb. If your SUV is included in the recall, Ford will contact you, and dealers will make repairs for free. Contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or Ford at 1-866-436-7332 if you have questions.
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