Jul 282012

Customers who have purchased a 2013 Ford Escape SUV with a 1.6-liter motor are being urged by Ford to contact their car dealership instantly. The car maker is enacting an 11,500-unit recall of that specific SUV, because of defective fuel lines that can drip. The result could be an engine fire.

Not all Escapes integrated

According to Ford, not all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs have the issue with the motor compartment fuel line that can leak fuel and cause a fire in the engine compartment. In fact, only the 1.6-liter motors have the problem.

“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.”

Not lightly suggested

At this point, there have been no injuries or fatalities reported because of the Ford Escape defect, but there have been three fires. The 2013 Ford Escape with the 1.6-liter motor can no longer be sold until the repairs are made to fix the motor fires. The Escape recall requires every person to get it fixed as soon as possible because threat of injury is so good with the defect.

There are 11,500 SUVs in Canada and the United States impacted by the Ford Escape recall, though only 4,800 have already been sold to customers. Ford Spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel explained that the cars that are still on lots will be fixed before they are sold.

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

Different motor sizes

Only the 1.6-liter motor models are in the recall; all other models for the brand new Ford Escape do not need to worry.

On July 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to start an investigation into 730,000 older Ford Escapes. There were 99 grievances about unintended acceleration to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and that is why it is looking at fuel line problems and carpet issues.

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