Ford recalls 11,500 2013 Escape SUVs over fuel line engine fire risk

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A 2013 Ford Escape SUV.

Ford is recalling 2013 Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines. (Photo Credit: Public Domain/Kodenamezeus/Wikipedia)

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Ford Escape. Reports indicate that Ford Motor Co. is recalling an additional 11,500 new Ford Escape SUVs in North America. Last weekend, the automaker recalled 8,300 2013 Escapes due to carpet problems that can affect the application of the brake pedal. Now the Ford Escape recall involves faulty fuel lines that can cause engine fires.

Ford to Escape from 1.6-liter engines in 2013 SUV

In a statement to the automotive press, Ford announced that it is recalling only those 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines. Engine compartment fuel lines in these engines can split and leak fuel, which presents a serious fire risk within the engine compartment.

“Our intensive investigation and testing has identified the area of concern and we are moving as quickly as possible to repair vehicles for our customers,” said Ray Nevi of Ford’s safety office. “In the meantime, it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer.”

No casual Escape recall

Unlike some vehicle recalls where the automaker gently suggests that owners should bring their vehicle in for a quick fix, this Escape recall is more pointed, as personal safety is at risk. While no injuries have been reported to date, there have been three reports of fires caused by the defect. Dealerships have been instructed to stop selling any 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines until the necessary repairs are made to prevent engine fires.

In total, the Ford Escape recall affects 11,500 of the SUVs sold in the U.S. and Canada. Of those, 4,800 are known to have been sold to consumers. The remainder still sit on dealer lots, and will be fixed as required before sale, noted Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel.

“We are obviously taking very quick action in the interest of our customers’ safety,” she said.

Only 1.6-liter Escape engines affected

New Ford Escape vehicles with different engine sizes are not affected by the current recall, noted Zwiebel. Only the 1.6-liter engine models are affected.

In addition to the carpet problems and fuel line issues, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation July 17 into whether approximately 730,000 older Ford Escapes suffer from unintended acceleration. Ninety-nine complaints suggesting that unintended acceleration is an issue have been filed with the NHTSA to date.

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