Ford Motor Company recently announced that it will be issuing a recall for approximately 7,600 potential lemon Escape SUVs. This is Ford’s third recall of its newly launched 2013 Escape SUV. The recall is to provide repairs for defects that are a potential fire hazard.
Specifically, the recall affects Escape SUVs equipped with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, built between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012. Ford has stated that this latest recall is less severe than the recall it recently issued in July for a fuel line defect, for which Ford had to take the rare measure of instructing owners to stop driving immediately.
Ford’s investigation has revealed that the reason for this latest recall is a defect with the affected vehicles that can cause the cup plug component on the engine cylinder head to loosen and dislodge. It had been common practice at the Ford plant to install these components manually by hand. The missing plug leads to loss of engine coolant, which in turn causes the engine to overheat. The water in the engine coolant can also vaporize once it has leaked, increasing the concentration of ethylene glycol in the coolant to the point of combustion and thereby result in a fire.
Replacement parts are available at authorized Ford dealerships. If you are the owner of a Ford Escape do not delay in visiting your local Ford dealership for these repairs.
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