Ford has announced a recall of 89,153 vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines over the possibility of overheating and, in some instances, fires starting in the engine compartment. The brand new 2013 Fusion accounts for 15,833 of the affected models, the other 73,320 being the 2013 Escape. This is the fourth time the recently launched Escape has been recalled, and this is the third time the recall has involved the 1.6-liter engine.

In a statement issued Friday, Ford confirmed that there have been new reports of these engines overheating, resulting in fires while the engine is running. No injuries have been reported in conjunction with this issue, and Ford states that the affected vehicles' instrument clusters may display warning notifications reading, "Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely."

Ford is currently working on a repair procedure and will notify owners as soon as a fix is found. In the meantime, the automaker is urging owners to stop driving these affected vehicles and to contact a Ford dealer to arrange for alternate transportation at no charge. Owners in the United States may call 866.436.7332 for assistance with securing a different set of wheels (888.222.7814 in Canada).

Fusion and Escape models equipped with 2.5-liter naturally aspirated and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines are not affected by this recall. The Fusion Hybrid is also not affected.

Scroll down to read Ford's official release, which also contains details on how to see if your vehicle is affected by this recall simply by looking at the VIN.
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Ford Acts Promptly for Customer Safety by Recalling 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter Engines and 2013 Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines for Risk of Overheating That May Result in Engine Fires

- Ford Motor Company is acting on behalf of its customers by conducting a voluntary safety recall of 2013 SE and SEL model Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 SE and SEL model Fusions equipped with the 1.6-liter engine

- The recall comes after reports of engines overheating, followed by vehicle fires starting in the engine compartment when the engine is running; no injuries have been reported

- Ford is advising owners of these vehicles to contact their dealer immediately for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation

- Repair procedures are not currently available

Customers can determine whether their vehicle is part of the recall by:

-Checking their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); the eighth character will be an "X" on Escapes or an "R" on Fusions,
Logging onto Ford.com, select the "Support" tab, click "View Notices and Recalls" and input their VIN, or

-Calling the numbers listed above or contact their dealer

- Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected as are Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines

DEARBORN, Mich., November 30, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today announced a voluntary safety recall of 2013 Ford Escape SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Ford Fusion SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine.

Ford estimates that there are approximately 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter engines, with most in the U.S. market. The issue does not affect 2013 Escape or 2013 Fusion models with other engines.

Customers driving 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Fusion models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine are advised to contact their dealer as soon as possible to arrange for alternative transportation at no charge. Repair procedures are not currently available.

Ford is voluntarily recalling these vehicles because of reports of engine overheating, resulting in engine fires while the engine is running. No injuries have been reported.
Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by engine fires say that their clusters have shown the message "Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely." Some also indicated that their instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.

Drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle. Ford will compensate owners for costs tied to overheating as well.

"We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers," said Steve Kenner, director of Ford's Automotive Safety Office. "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety."

Ford is working on a repair procedure. When parts are available, the company will notify customers so they can schedule a service appointment with dealers.

Meanwhile, Ford is advising affected owners to contact a Ford dealer as soon as possible for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.

Customers can see if they are affected by the recall by:

- Checking their 17-digit VIN, located on a label on the driver door opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver's side of their vehicle, or on their vehicle registration. In vehicles with 1.6-liter engines, the eighth character will be "X" on Escapes or "R" on Fusions;

- Logging onto Ford.com, click "View Notices and Recalls" in the "Support" tab and input their VIN to determine if their vehicle is part of the recall;

- Calling 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada; or

- Contacting a Ford dealer


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      Denver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda suprised the 1.6's are catching fire, figured they would leak oil if anything considering theyre made in Britain.
      wrxfrk16
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would it be too cliche to say Ford's on a hot streak right now...
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess having a high performance engine isn't the only reason to have a fire extinguisher on board. Simple four cylinder engines need them too!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes the choice between the Focus and Fiesta ST's a lot easier...
      DuBirus
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like what Ford is doing in improving the aesthetics of the car and bringing in sensible European designed cars, but I can't understand why they have repaired the core of their products which is built that is created a household names like Toyota and Honda. I hope their answer is not that its easier to achieve the first rather than the later.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DuBirus
        You do realize that the previous generation Fusion was rated THE most reliable vehicle in its segment, right? They did have the core fixed, then they screwed it up.
      BUY AMERICAN MADE!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'D RATHER OWN A FLAMING FORD THEN SEND JOBS TO JAPAN OR KOREA!
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BUY AMERICAN MADE!
        I would rather be alive in an American made Toyota than a flaming Mexican-made Ford. See what I did there? Great, I just fed a troll.
          Rob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          Yeah, how many people have died in a Ford that just caught fire while driving? NONE! you just get out and wait for the firefighters. But there have been several people killed by runaway Toyotas.
          weressssssss
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          Read the NHTSA-NASA Report about that. "...complaints involved incidents that originated when the vehicle was stationary or at very low speeds and contained allegations of very wide throttle openings, often with allegations that brakes were not effective. NHTSA’s analysis indicated that these types of complaints generally do not appear to involve vehicle-based causes and that, where the complaint included allegations that the brakes were ineffective or that the incident began with a brake application, the most likely cause of the acceleration was actually pedal misapplication (i.e., the driver’s unintended application of the accelerator rather than, or in addition to, the brake)." Toyota's recalls are more a game.
        chromal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BUY AMERICAN MADE!
        Owning a foreign-VIN car doesn't send jobs overseas. Domestic automotive quality problems send jobs overseas.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BUY AMERICAN MADE!
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          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          Ford Fusion's engines comes from Chihuahua, Mexico, Bridgend, Wales, and Valencia, Spain. The manual transmission comes from Cologne, Germany.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        brucec039
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think the moniker "ecoboost" kind of makes them sound cheesy and inferior rather than powerful and high tech like "turbo" would.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        bullitt2605
        • 2 Years Ago
        Toyota and Honda were going to jointly develop a Turbo engine for the Accord and Camry but it was shelved. It seems there would have been some excitment involved.
        Caprice Dates
        • 2 Years Ago
        Dodge Fart, i almost choked laughing so damn hard.
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's just a marketing gimmick. In an age where fuel economy is of chief importance, turbo carries a big performance moniker here. If you think, we've never had any major number of small, efficient turbo engines. Most forced induction vehicles here have been performance vehicles, Supra's, RX-7's, STi's, EVO's, GNX's, etc. All very good, but none particularly fuel efficient. Calling their smaller, turbo motors EcoBoost engines just unifies the new engines under a shared brand and advertises to the masses that the motors are efficiency minded rather than performance minded, though of course the turbo power means they punch above their weight.
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      F ires O or R ecalls D aily
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      In reading some of these comments I can't help but observe the interesting juxtaposition that is developing between domestic haters, unions and liberal Democrats. The Prius driving liberals along with left wing Huffpo sponsored Autoblog that take great joy from domestic vehicle problems just might one day see the demise of our auto industry. But are they overlooking the fact that when the host dies, the parasite dies with it? The labour unions, having always had their foundation in socialism and have been steadfast supporters of liberal Democrats. Can Democrats survive without unions and their money? I believe we will eventually find out.
        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        You falsely assume Democrats hate America. On the contrary, it is the Democrats who patriotically want a level playing field so that success is determined by hard work, not cronyism, backdoor deals and bribes. They want government to get out of their lives and quit telling them who they can marry, what they can and can't do to their own bodies and to stop spending money we don't have on pointless wars across the globe. They want government to stop spying on them and to restore the 4th amendment. If blue collar union workers want the same thing then good for them.
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Polly Prissy Pants
          You apparently have not read the Bible and have no clue what this country was founded on. In God we trust.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Agree 100%! The democrats pass out entitlement crack like a like a drug pusher looking for new customers! Look what they did during the auto bail out to Delphi workers! If you were union your pensions were saved, white collar workers were out of luck! If your not voting for the party no help, or crack for you! Oh, and I wouldn’t have bailed out GM and Chrysler even though I work in the auto industry and live in the Detroit area! Both companies should have gone through normal bankruptcy which would have allowed management to try to break the unions! I would have been willing to have Michigan plunge deeper into a recessions to have been able to cripple the unions!
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Can the GOP win an election with out suppressing votes, throwing away ballots or gerrymandering districts? Americans love to brag about democracy, but only believes in it when their party wins.
      Sik68
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's a fire escape joke in here somewhere...
      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a Mazda salesperson, the best news I've had all day. Ford is NOT good at product launches. What is this, the 4th recall on the Escape? And for a very, very serious issue to boot.
        TC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jamie Elmhirst
        Best news huh? Ford will always outsell Mazda.
          ilmhmtu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TC
          And we all know whatever sells the best, is the best. /sarcasm
      Chen Gong
      • 2 Years Ago
      It doesn't really matter. Ford's still selling alot of Escape. So what?
        Tirac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chen Gong
        Confidence if i had an escape i would be wondering if it would catch on fire just like people wondered if their Toyota's would start suddenly accelerating
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