Oh dear. As if the previous two recalls weren't bad enough, the brand new 2013 Ford Escape is under fire yet again for, well, fire. Or at least the potential for it.

According to The Detroit News, 7,600 Escape models – 6,150 of which are in the United States – equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine are being recalled due to a faulty cup plug in the engine cylinder head. In the event this cup dislodges, coolant could rapidly leak and create what The Detroit News calls a "combustible glycol concentration" that can catch fire near hot engine components. According to Ford, this recall only affects vehicles with manually installed cup plugs and that only approximately 0.4 percent of the recalled Escapes will have faulty parts. The vehicles in question were built between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012.

Ford has not received any reports of fires from customers, though one Escape reportedly caught fire at a dealership in Tennessee.

Back in July, Ford recalled the 2013 Escape due to faulty engine compartment fuel lines in vehicles fitted with the 1.6-liter engine, and asked owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately. The Detroit News reports that Ford will not be issuing a similar warning regarding this new recall because the threat of a fire is much smaller. Also in July, 10,000 Escapes were recalled over a brake pedal interference issue.

Neither Ford or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an official statement as of this writing.

UPDATE: NHTSA has released its official statement, which you can read below.
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Vehicle Make / Model: FORD / ESCAPE
Model Year(s): 2013
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: SEP 04, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V431000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,146

Summary

Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant.

Consequence

As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire.

Remedy

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes

Ford's recall campaign number is 12S39. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should rename it to the Ford Fire Escape... Too soon?
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      It should be called the "Fire Escape". Are you sure this isn't a Fisker?
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fix Or Repair Daily is really living up to its name. Who is going to pay $35k for this junk fire trap anyway. people are idiots. take pubic transportation.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        You're an idiot.
        Stinkyboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        ha ha. you people take everything too serious. get a life and take the bus.
          The_Zachalope
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Stinkyboy
          Unlike the availability of the short bus to your front door, the nearest public transportation route is 30 miles away from me.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Because public transportation is EVERYWHERE. Moron.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        MF
        • 2 Years Ago
        because honda never recalls cars, right? this most recent recall comes to mind in response to your lame comment: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2012/07/recall-alert-2012-honda-cr-v-and-2013-acura-ilx.html i can dig up some fire related issues if you'd like also.. building cars is not easy and stuff like this will happen to all car companies..
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MF
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          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MF
          Very true Sonata Guy. That is why Ford got rid of their few reliable models like the Panther cars, the Ranger, etc. Thoise vehicles were too reliable and did not fall into the One Ford section regarding 'planned obsolescence.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MF
          Your comment about 'tried and true parts' is amusing. Do you not think they don't do reliability testing, both in-house (proving grounds) and in the real world? You make no sense at all.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MF
          Sure is conspiracy theory in here.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        I find it odd that you are SonataGuy1 but you promote Honda more than any other brand, even more than Hyundai. Something fishy going on there...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          [blocked]
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        Go away.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        Honda had more recalls last year than any other brand.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very glad we chose the CX-5 over this. Thousands cheaper and we really, really love it.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly piece of junk. That is what Ford gets for selling out and giving us all euro enduced crap. No worries tho, I would not be caught dead buying one of these mishapen minivans. This is from an ex-loyal fan Ford. My 12 Taurus is my last Ford for a real long time.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        *Euro *induced. *though. *mis-shapen. *really
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          I know how to spell "though" thanks. Its called "shortening a word". Learn it. This Autoblog not English 101 blog.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      All the more reason to buy the Titanium spec with the 2.0 engine. One of my good friends has purchased one recently and I always want to drive it. It's that good! Of course it better be good for $37 top of the line, but I like it better than X3, Q5, GLK especially and other more premium considered SUV. As matter of fact, I'll go out on a limb and say, if you have money, but don't want to show off too much then get the Titanium spec. One of the best vehicles I've ever driven and I've driven many. Don't believe me? Go check one out.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      FORD QUALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's see how the Ford slappies spin this into not being Ford's fault. When are people going to realize that Ford has not changed ONE OUNCE as a company? They still have a corrupt corporate culture who's main goal is to screw over as many people as they can. Ford builds mediocre, problematic products. They always have, and they always will. Nothing has changed. Meet the new Ford, same as the old Ford.
        George
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Stop Writing Words On Your Computer. That is all.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Strange. I only buy Ford and my wife only buys Honda. I don't think either of us have been to a service department for about 10 years.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fire Escape.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
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        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        yes yes. JAU. no edit button. They'll still sell like hotcakes... Free BBQ with the purchase of any new Ford!
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is what happens when cheap asian krap is installed in an otherwise good car. If Ford and the other American manufacturers want the reputation of the cheap asian POS like toyota with their billions of dollars spent on recalls, than just continue installing $$hit in your cars.BTW any European and American manufacturer who installs cheap asian parts in their cars deserve to pay 10 times the cost of the part in their recall service
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        Great logic, fanboy. You should have spoken after Clint Eastwood.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        The 1.6L (and the affected components) are coming out of Europe, not Asia.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        I guess you're an angry customer.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        I guess you're an angry customer...
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda CX-5 is best design model is 100% authentic worldwide. it is best color metallic paint are both blue and red. you not need buy a 2013 Ford Escape have several recall. it is not worth thing.
        Cam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        Your post is worst post is 100% unreadable has most grammatical error both run-on sentences and lack of punctuation and capitalization. you not need to post like this have several errors. it is not worth thing.
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