Ford has had 4 recalls in 5 months on the 2013 Escape. 3 have been fire related. The 2013 Fusion has now been included in the most recent recall with no ETA on a fix.
Please help urge Ford to buy back these defective vehicles.
The first recall affected over 8,000 Escapes back in July, in which carpet padding could interfere with braking.
While Ford reported no incidents involving the issue, it notified owners to have the trim panel causing the issue fixed.
Ford then recalled 11,500 Escape 1.6 EcoBoost models not long after launch, also in July.
The remedial work replaced an engine compartment fuel line, at risk of splitting and leaking fuel in the engine bay--potentially starting a fire. Ford urged owners not to drive their vehicles until the work had been carried out.
The Escape's third recall also dealt with a potential fire risk. A faulty cylinder head cup plug was at risk of dislodging, resulting in a "significant loss of engine coolant".
Evaporated coolant on the engine block could then leave flammable glycol residue on the engine block. The recall affected 6,146 Escape 1.6 EcoBoosts made between October 4, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
The current recall involves the largest number of cars yet, and the company has received 13 reports fires related to the overheating issue.
Ford, admit you made a mistake and make things right for folks for Christmas. Offer to buy back these defective vehicles.
With no FIX and NO ETA, I urge you to do the right thing and buy back all affected Ford Escapes and Ford Fusions.