• Jul 19th 2012 at 1:00PM
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The 2013 Ford Escape (Credit: Ford).
DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is telling owners of one version of the brand-new Ford Escape not to drive the SUVs until dealers can fix fuel lines that can crack and spill gasoline, causing engine fires.

The company issued the unusual warning on Thursday and said it is recalling 2013 Escapes equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Dealers will pick up the Escapes and drop off a loaner car that customers can use until the repairs are finished. The company is hoping to ship parts and get all the SUVs repaired in the next two weeks.

Ford says it has three reports of fires: two at the factory and one while a customer was driving an Escape. No one has been injured.

The recall affects 11,500 Escapes in the U.S. and Canada. Only 4,800 have been sold to customers. The rest are on dealer lots and will be fixed before they are sold, spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said. "We are obviously taking very quick action in the interest of our customers' safety," she said.

Escapes powered by other engines are not affected, nor are other Ford models with 1.6-liter engines, Zwiebel said.

This is the second recall of the redesigned Escape, which went on sale in June. On Saturday, the company said it would recall more than 10,000 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could interfere with braking. The new version of the SUV is among Ford's top-selling vehicles. People bought 28,500 Escapes last month, up 28 percent from June 2011.

The Escapes in the latest recall were built at the company's Louisville, Ky., plant from early April through July 11.

Ford says owners should call dealers to get the problem fixed. If parts aren't available, dealers will drop off loaner cars for use until the repairs can be made. Once the parts arrive, it will take less than an hour for technicians to replace the fuel lines, Zwiebel said.

It's safe to park the Escapes in your garage because the fires happen only while the vehicles are moving, she said.

Older-model Escapes may also have safety problems. Government safety regulators are investigating complaints that throttles can stick on Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs and cause them to crash. The probe, announced Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affects 730,000 SUVs from the 2001 to 2004 model years that are powered by V-6 engines.

The safety agency received 99 complaints from owners of the SUVs alleging 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death caused by the problem. The throttles on the SUVs can fail to return to idle when the driver takes his foot off the gas pedal, according to agency documents.

The older Escapes have not been recalled to fix the problem, although a recall is possible.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Rick Schoenherr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Ford stepped up to deal with this issue. Providing loaners is not required.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love ford but the 2013 ford get me scard. ford , please stop sending jobs to China, think about the safety of the drivers. i am thinking of buying 2013 mustang, but i will wait before i do so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Plain and SImple DON'T BUY AMERICAN, To say American and Quality in the same sentence is an oxymoron. I stopped buying Detroit Junk years ago, and wished I had done it many years before that. A lot of people are following suit, I don't know any Repeat American buyers anymore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      .....and let me guess, the fuel lines are made in China.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Life is so lonely. I'm a beautiful woman and I hope to find a man with financial security. So I joined ~ MillionaireLoveLinks ~ it's where for seeking successful people or gorgeous woman. I haven't bought a US-made car since 1999 which was a Dodge Durango SUV that didn't last 4 years and 100k miles before blowing up (and I babied it from weekly car washes to 4,000 mile synthetic oil change cycles). And I grew up in nothing but a GM, Ford, and Chrysler/Dodge household and owned nothing but those vehicles since 16. Not one of them lasted more than four years through the 80s and 90s when bought. A few were high performance cars like a Mustang GT and Camaro Z28 that were driven hard, but they should have lasted at least 100k miles as well taken care of as they were.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They don't call it an Escape for nothing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ford escape sucks they have transmission problems. I used to own a 2008 escape and my transmission went out at 75,000 miles. Fords power train warranty is 60,000 miles. Ford refused to cover any expense towards my rebuilt trans. Never will buy a ford again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford should have never redesigned the Escape so drastically, you don't fix something that isn't broken. I love my 2008 Escape and Ford makes great products. Every Ford I've had has been fantastic which is something I cannot say about GM and I've owned quite a few of their cars but everyone had problems especially oil leaks that would cost a fortune to fix. I haven't seen one 2013 Escape on the road to date and they say they are selling and I do a lot of traveling and drive everywhere I go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      great article about nothing
      • 3 Years Ago
      Atleast Ford stepped up to the plate and took matters into their own hands, and not afraid to admit that there is a flaw that needs fixed. Not like some other car manufacturers. Also, here is a car company that did it the correct way and took no money from the government and the tax payers of the United States. But yet these companies giving there employes bonuses while they still owe to the tax paying people of the United States for there banckruptcy. Just a few more things to think about before bashing Ford, that did it the right way.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford took many billions from the energy department at below market interest rates subsidized by the government. Remember the $7 billion ‘loan’ from the Fed in 2008-09, which was not reported until until 2010? I'll give it to them though, they did handle this Ford Escape situation in a timely manner.
      • 3 Years Ago
      people people there all made with china parts we have to keep the china people in a job.they dont worry about us as long as they can make a profit..i went to auto parts the outher day to get 2 gas clamps and when i went to tite them up they broke.so i look on box and yes they where made in china.so i took them back ask them if they had any made in the U S A they said no every thing they had was china made.so i had to go to a old hardware store found some made here had no problem with them.that the reason all theses cars are catching fire.i hope there not making stuff for millatery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And you thought you were buying American? Think again, most of the Fords sold in America are made in Mexico. I was just thinking about trying Cadillac over my Mercedes Benz, I did some research I found some of them are made in Mexico too and after this, I don't think I will be buying Ford, GM neither Chrysler at all. NEVER. I am sorry.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Didn't you know that Mexico is in North America? The thing is that Mexicans are Americans as well as us and Canadians. The problem is that the Mexicans aren't in the Union.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have been in many Mexican plants. They are clean, efficient, and the Mexican workers are dedicated, well trained, and hard working. Even though the US plants are much much improved over the plants of the 60's and 70's I don't think they are superior to the Mexican plants with regard to productivity and quality (they may be equal).
        • 3 Years Ago
        So your not going to buy Ford, GM or Chrysler because they are made in Mexico? You do realize Mercedes Benz is a German company & most are built there? The Escape is built in Kansas City. The F150's are built in Detroit & Kentucky. Almost all cars are shared throughout the world. No matter what car you buy you will be getting something in it that comes from another country. You can't avoid that anymore.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Look ,I would rather buy a Ford than be given any other make of vehicle !!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Welcome to the Global Economy, where citizenry is dead and the almighty dollar rules.
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