Certain versions of the 2013 Ford Escape are being recalled(Photo: Evan Sears /Cars.com)
Ford Motor is recalling two of its biggest-selling and newest models,
the 2013 Escape crossover and 2013 Fusion mid-size sedan equipped with
1.6-liter Ecoboost engines, because they can overheat and catch fire.
is urging owners to as soon as possible contact their dealers, who will
provide them with loaner cars at no charge until their vehicles can be
fixed. Ford still is trying to figure out how to fix the problem.
Fusion just went on sale this fall - and was just named Green Car of
the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show - but it is the third recall for
the new Escapes with this engine for possible overheating and fire
The first was in July as the new Escape had just gone on
sale and was for a problem with a fuel line that could leak under
pressure. Owners and dealers were told to park the vehicles until they
were fixed. The second in September involved a coolant plug that could
allow the engine coolant to leak.
The latest recall applies to the
73,320 2013 Escape and 15,833 Fusion SE and SEL models in North America
with the 1.6-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine. It is the
volume-selling engine choice for both vehicles.
Ford says there no injuries reported, but told the Associated Press that it has 12 reports of Escape fires and one for Fusion.
says the trouble starts when engines overheat and a message flashes on
the instrument cluster saying, "Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or
"Engine over temp, stop safely." Sometimes a chime or red light appears
as a warning.
If it happens, Ford says drivers should pull over immediately, turn off the vehicle and get out.
Ford, the problem hits at two of its most popular new models, both
completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. Both have historically
been among the top-selling vehicles in the U.S.
Ford says owners
unsure of the engine they have can check the Vehicle Identification
Number - Fusions with this engine have an R as the eighth character,
Escapes have an X in that place. More information is available from Ford