This is shaping up to be a pretty bad week for the brand spankin' new 2013 Ford Escape. Just three days ago, a recall was announced concerning a brake interference issue, and today, the Escape is under fire for, well, fire. Or at least the possibility of it.

Escape models fitted with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine are being recalled due to a faulty engine compartment fuel line which could possibly split and leak fuel. You know the natural progression from there – leaky fuel in the engine can potentially cause a fire underhood.

Ford is currently advising its owners not to drive their vehicles. The automaker is having dealerships deliver loaner vehicles to these customers and dealer representatives will transport the affected Escapes to the service bay for repair. The full repair should reportedly take about an hour to complete, depending on part availability.

Escape models fitted with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost and naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four are not affected by this recall. Ford estimates that roughly 11,500 models in North America will be recalled due to this issue, most of which are in the United States.

Heck, this hasn't even been a good week for older Escapes. 2002-2004 models are drawing new scrutiny from investigators following accusations that Ford botched a recall over an accelerator cable issue, issuing a fix that may have resulted in damaged cruise control cables. The recall happened seven years ago, and the investigation covers some 470,000 examples of the popular SUV.

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Ford Acts Quickly To Ensure Customer Safety By Recalling 2013 Ford Escapes with 1.6-liter Engines

DEARBORN, Mich., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Ford Motor Company is taking quick action on behalf of its customers by conducting a voluntary safety recall of 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine, which were built through July 11, 2012; Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected

The recall is being taken to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, potentially resulting in an underhood fire; no injuries have been reported

Ford is advising affected owners not to drive their vehicles and to contact their dealers immediately for the needed repair. Dealers will deliver a loaner vehicle to customers and will then transport their 2013 Escape to the dealership until the repair has been completed

Ford dealers will stop delivering or conducting demonstration drives of the 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter engines until the issue has been resolved

The repairs should take less than an hour for the dealership to complete, pending parts availability; If affected customers quickly take action and contact their dealers as advised, all vehicles potentially can be remedied in less than two weeks

Ford Motor Company F +0.43% today announced a voluntary safety recall of 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine built through July 11, 2012. Ford estimates that there have been approximately 11,500 of these vehicles produced and distributed for sale in North America, with most in the U.S. market.

Ford is voluntarily recalling Escapes with 1.6-liter engines to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, potentially resulting in an underhood fire. No injuries have been reported. The issue does not affect other 2013 Escape models. The condition also does not present itself in vehicles when the engine is not running.

As an additional safety precaution, customers who already own 2013 Escape vehicles with the 1.6-liter engine are being advised to stop driving their vehicles and to immediately contact their dealers. Dealers will deliver a loaner vehicle to these customers and will transport their 2013 Escape to the dealership for the necessary repairs. The company is working to make parts available as quickly as possible and customers will keep the loaner vehicle at no charge until the repairs on their vehicle are completed.

The company's dealers will stop delivering or conducting demonstration drives of these vehicles so that proper steps can be taken to remedy the issue at the dealership first.

"We have identified an issue and are taking quick actions in the best interest of our customers," said Ray Nevi, assistant director, Ford Automotive Safety Office. "Our intensive investigation and testing has identified the area of concern and we are moving as quickly as possible to repair vehicles for our customers. In the meantime, it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer."

The repairs are straightforward and should take dealers less than an hour to complete, pending parts availability. If affected customers quickly take action and contact their dealers as advised, all vehicles can be remedied in less than two weeks.

Customers may get further information about these and other recalls at www.fordowner.com or they may contact Ford's Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com .


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      Steve Dempsey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats a lot of loaner vehicles!!
      Shark Diver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ironically I'm set to pick my Titanium edition today. I guess I should be happy it has the 2.0 liter. I've dodged two recall bullets so far, and I haven't even taken delivery of it yet! I'm going to drive it with my fingers crossed for a while. I'm not too concerned really. Both problems were discovered by production workers, and you cant necessarily judge manufacturers by recall numbers. A lot of manufacturers like to fix things quietly when vehicles come in for routine "maintenance," or ignore them entirely. Honda is famous for the former. The cost to fix problems not covered by any recall but - by the dealerships admission - are very common on my mothers BMW X5 totaled up to more than the cost of my new Escape! Also, you have to suspect some problems with a new car. Remember the old adage about never buying a first year car. We'll see how it goes. **Gulp**
      dney123
      • 2 Years Ago
      stuff happens
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dney123
        Unless it's Toyota. Then it's unacceptable and it's a cover up and they should be forced out of business.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lastchance
      • 2 Years Ago
      More recalls. I am getting tired of the constant manufacture recalls on new vehicles. They all need to start doing more QC testing on their vendor parts to make sure everything is quality. If that means more money needs to be done on R&D then fine pass it onto the customer. I gladly pay more for a vehicle that will be safe and free of defects. Even if the catch the problem early it still makes the company look bad. In addition they might lose some customers. I fully understand vehicles are complex machines and their might be some small issues. But the constant serious recalls is troubling especially when it deals with people's safety.
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG!!! FORD MADE DEFECTIVE VEHICLES AGAIN! SOMEBODY FIND A WAY TO ATTACK TOYOTA AND THANK FORD FOR SOMEHOW BEING SO WONDERFUL!!!
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        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, the Toyota thugs are here. I actually do thank Ford for keeping me safe. Ford never delays fixing problems. If they see something wrong, they deal with it immediately before it hurts people.
          chris
          • 2 Years Ago
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          "immediately before it hurts people"? Ford recalled the F150 with airbags that were punching drivers in the face. http://www.autoblog.com/2010/01/26/fed-reportedly-expanding-investigation-into-ford-f-150-airbags/ "there were 60 injuries, including cuts and bruises and two people reported being knocked unconscious as a result of the airbag deployment. " And this problem went on and on before it was a recall. Ford had to be pressured by government safety regulators into recalling over a million trucks. lol, people being knocked unconscious! Let's see you thank Ford for that.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
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          And Honda has a continually expanding recall for airbags that self detonate their motors and expell metal shards at people's faces. Everybody has recalls!
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        When is Toyota going to fix those accelerators. I guess Japan figures, if idiots keep buying them, why bother fixing them.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least Ford is open and honest right away and doesn't try to bury the issue like their Japanese count parts.
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        It is not just because of the company enacting responsibility. They have to act because it can be a huge liability. It is a smart move to handle it now or get hit with a class-action lawsuit and risk bankruptcy in being neglectful in acting upon a safety concern.
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Typical recall response.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        debsully69
        • 2 Years Ago
        As for camrys being made in America,how many Japanese employees are there? And dont forget the major share of money goes back to Japan regardless of where they're built.
      ohiodale
      • 2 Years Ago
      This recall shows me that Ford is on top of things. Most other car companies would ignore issues and wait until they are forced to issue a recall. I find it refreshing that Ford is recalling the Escape after one month. This is a smart move by Ford because they only have to recall 10,000 vehicles as opposed to the 100,000 they would of had to recall in 8 months. Toyota had the same issue with the carpet causing acceleration issues and they argued about it for months. I saw a new 2013 escape this morning and it is a great looking car. I think hands down the nicest looking of the smaller SUVs.
        R S
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ohiodale
        Dale, The floor mat issue was caused by people double stacking their mats or putting incorrect mats in there vehicle. Which is explained in a Toyota owners manual at that time not to do. It was just part of the witch hunt by the government. Toyota relented and fixed another non existing problem. Again gets your facts straight.
          Jack
          • 2 Years Ago
          @R S
          photofill, They're both kind of off. Look at what your link says. "The most common problem was drivers hitting the gas when they thought they were hitting the brake..." "Of the 58 cases reported, 18 were dismissed out of hand." "...remaining 40, 39 of them were found to have no cause; the remainder being an instance of “pedal entrapment.” Did they just say the remainder being an instance of pedal entrapment? Yeah, let us all drag Toyota through the mud because of an instance of "pedal entrapment"! Come on, the Toyota's SUA problem became a joke that helped a few politicians score political points, that made/ is making plenty of money for scumbag lawyers and their crook clients. Everyone has issues now and then, but Toyota had to deal with much more crap for something so stupid. If they had a problem with with floor mats flopping onto pedals, trying to hide that wouldn't be worth the risk of destroying their company's image. I don't believe TOyota's that Stupid. If it were a shadier company with more expensive/complicated problems, I could see that. But shifting floor mats aren't hard to correct. IMO... floor mats interfering with pedals has been an issue from the very beginning for all brands. To say that moving floors mats are why we should force Toyota to recall cars was simply a fix looking for a problem that didn't exist..., or at least is a common problem with every car make and model.
      aldenwelsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      GOOD FOR FORD FOR STEPPING UP AND HANDLING THIS QUICKLY
      James
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, recall after recall for Ford... Where are all the Toyota basher that were out a while back? Oh, I guess they are only selective in who's recall they bash..... Did you read just last week.... the most American made car is ..... Toyota.
        Matthew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        I just looked at the door sticker on a 2012 Toyota it says "Made In Japan". Is there a place in America called Japan?
          sweeneyp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matthew
          And which one was that? their low volume cars? The camry is the #1 most american car because its built here along with most of their high volume cars.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matthew
          You are a moron, Matthew. Very few North America market Toyotas are still built in Japan, thanks to the strength of the yen. Retard.
          sweeneyp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matthew
          matthew..get your facts right, majority of all Toyota models are made here (Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and more.) Plus Toyota has other plants in the US that build their motors as well. So assembled and built in the US. Several other (rav4 included) are built in Canada. Very few Toyota models are actually built in Japan....so shut it lol Yes ford has been making cars longer....but yet they still catch on fire..you would think with their "vast" experience from years of making cars...that wouldn't happen, but yet soooo many ford have potential fire recalls spanning a few decades of cars.
          Matthew
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matthew
          Besides, whos been making cars longer? Ford or Toyota? Ford was making cars 34 years before Toyota was even thought of. I'll stick with Ford untill the end.
          George
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matthew
          So do you consider the entirety of the Lexus and Scion lineup (excluding the RX) to be "the majority of Toyota's models"? Ford builds about 80% of the vehicles it sells (not the number of models) in America while Toyota only builds about 80%. There is a reason the 3 domestic automakers still have 3 times more American employees than all the Asian and European brands combined.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        No..... the vehicle with the biggest impact on America is the Camry, meaning if Toyota stopped making Camrys tomorrow, they estimate that the most jobs would be lost. The study you are talking about isn't a straight up assessment of domestic parts content, it takes all vehicles with at least 75% domestic parts and factors in things like sales numbers to determine which individual model has the biggest impact on the automotive industry. However the numbers are still stacked against the imports because Ford, Chrysler, and GM still employ almost 3 times more Americans than all the import brands combined (Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Volkswagen, etc.). Also the fact that Ford has found these problems within the first month of production shows how they are on top of things and not trying to wait until down the road when the NHTSA has to get involved and force a recall after there are accidents and injuries.
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Actually, if you look at the domestic content percentage the Camry is still the very highest amongst it's competitors so it'd still be the most American with or without the fact that it also contributes the most jobs. It used to have a slightly artificially depressed domestic content percentage because the imported Japanese Camry's would get deducted from the overall domestic content, but made in the US Camry's were always a little more domestic than the sticker indicated.
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          P.S. the non-hybrid Camry has a domestic parts content of 92%, which is way above any competitor's.
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        James, I hate to bust your bubble, but Toyota is Japanese. GM and Ford are American, (and part of Chrysler).
      R S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's see if they can some how blame this on Toyota!!! I sure the Senators from Michigan will drag them in! I just think paybacks are a great!!
        Larry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        Tools like yourself continue to miss the whole point of the Toyota fiasco. ALL auto manufacturers have recalls. The big issue with Toyota was that they covered their recalls up, or ignored problems completely, to avoid any backlash in public perception. No one makes perfect products, and I'd rather buy from a company that is honest with me than one that is not. Down vote me all you want... it makes my statements no less true and only reaffirms your own denial.
          R S
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Larry
          Larry, there was no cover up! How can you cover up a problem that never has proven to occur! Its Tools like you that hate the fact they put all this money for a witch hunt on Toyota and failed!! Read the NHTSB report on it!! Oh yeah I forgot! On the older model recall on the Escape, they did try to cover up the fact that on the original recall they repaired the problem wrong, then only sent that notice to dealerships and not to their customers. (Documented and proven)
          Keldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Larry
          @ RS...don't waste your time...as i've noticed and stated on here several times, this website is full of diehard Fordfans just waiting to attack anyone who dares make a negative comment, opinion or fact, about Ford. I can see that there are plenty of reasonable, open-minded ppl here who agree with you or at least see your point, but you'll always be downvoted severely by the majority of brainless, argumentative FFB's on here.
        Muttons
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        Voluntarily fixing a small problem that is discovered through your own quality control in a few thousand vehicles before it affects anyone is much different from having numerous people die and then investigating after being forced to.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        Ya a few thousand Escapes is a drop in the bucket compared to muti-million Toyota's world wide that had to be recalled as well as many deaths related as well.....
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        judging by the amount of manufacturers currently undergoing recalls, i would say Toyota deserves a big THANKYOU....without the precedent they set my guess is a lot of these issues wouldnt have seen the light of day until something tragic happened...
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