Ford Escape Recall 2012: Ford recalls 89,000 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Ford Fusion models due to fire risk

By on Dec 2, 2012 in Automobile, North America, United States Comments

Ford Motor Company announced on Friday, November 30, 2012 a voluntary safety recall of some of its 2013 Ford Escape SE and SEL models and 2013 Ford Fusion SE and SEL models, noting that this new Ford recall affects only 2013 Escape and 2013 Fusion models that are equipped with the 1.6-liter engine.

2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape
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As noted by Ford on its official press site that day, approximately 73,320 Ford Escapes and around 15,833 Ford Fusions manufactured and distributed for sale in US and Canada with 1.6-liter engines are being recalled, after they received reports of engine overheating, which caused fire while the engine is running.

According to the press release, some affected drivers claimed that their instrument clusters have shown the message “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, Stop safely,” while others said that their clusters sounded a chime and a red light illuminated.

In either case, drivers are being advised to pull over immediately, turn off the engine, and get out from the vehicle. No injuries have been reported related to this 2013 Escape and 2013 Fusion recall, with Ford emphasizing that models with other types of engines are not affected.

“We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers,” Steve Kenner, director of Ford‘s Automotive Safety Office, was quoted at Press.Ford.com, with the 2013 Ford Fusion recently awarded as the Green Car of the Year 2013 at the 2012 LA Auto Show last Thursday, November 29.

“It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety.” Kenner added.

Ford is also advising affected owners to contact their dealer immediately for alternative transportation without any charge. US owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on how to secure alternative transportation.

Ford said they are still working on a repair procedure. But when parts are available; the company said they will notify customers so they can schedule a service appointment with official Ford dealers. The full details of this latest Ford Escape recall can be found at Ford.com, where owners can also check if their vehicles are affected.



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