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Recalls happen. Automakers hope they won't, but they do. And that's alright, for the most part, because cars are designed (and to a large degree still made) by humans, and humans make mistakes. So we forgive them, as long as the problem is resolved. Only in the case of the Ford Escape, the problem seems to keep coming back.

That's why Ford is calling in the Escape yet again due to fire concerns. The issue revolves around problematic fuel lines in 9,469 units manufactured between October 5, 2011, and July 11, 2012, all of which use the 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine.

As you yourself may recall, the Escape was subject to a string of recalls last year that resulted in a $17 million fine. One of them was over this very same issue, which Ford apparently didn't rectify the first time around. Let's hope this time is the last time.

UPDATE: Ford reached out to point out that the aforementioned $17 million fine imposed by the NHTSA was regarding issues with the MY 2001-2004 Escape and not the MY2013 model in question. Autoblog regrets the mistaken correlation.
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RECALL Subject : Engine Compartment Fuel Line May Leak
Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V584000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,469
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine subject to prior safety recall NHTSA 12V-336. In some cases, the engine compartment fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall. The misinstalled fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel.

CONSEQUENCE:
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

REMEDY:
Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13S12.

NOTES:
This recall is in addition to NHTSA recall 12V-336. All covered vehicles, regardless of being remedied under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign. 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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      george
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love my Escape. Thank you Ford for making a class leading product. And thank you for reconizing and improving newer technology, that everyone will eventually be forced to do as well. Let's see how well they implement newer tech.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just wait till these Fords Start to AGE !!! These are new vehicles with Big Problems & Ford is not curing these problems. Transmissions that are jerky , steering at highway speeds that stiffens & causes drivers to tense up behind the wheel ! Not to mention Big Eco Boost problems. Oh & the MyFord Touch problems are legendary !!! From the Escape , Edge , Explorer, Taurus, Focus & Fiesta these cars are the worst rated for reliability ! Keeps getting worse & Ford is ignoring the problems !!! Poor Mike Roe thought being the Ford spokes person would be so easy .... Wrong just another Dirty Job !
      Tracy Meurs
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 2013 escape burst into flames on Saturday. I was driving down the road and the engine suddenly shut down and within 4 minutes the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. It was scheduled to have the recall repairs next week ....little late. Just wondering for those it has happened to in the past, what if anything did Ford do for you?
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this news? Fords have been self combusting for decades.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Recall (no.7) is Job One
      Juan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford has been building BBQ pits since the 1960"s. They started with the Mustang.
      downwithlaser
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford can never let itself go a few years without selling spontaneously combusting vehicles to the public. I'll stick with my 2001 Saturn S series (that hasn't had any major recalls since production began in 1990).
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't Fionna tell you that is a new leg warming feature not leaky fuel lines ! There is nothing wrong, it just needs to learn how warm you like it ! Just like those transmissions need to learn about your driving style before the jerkiness disappears. The My Touch just needs to learn to fix itself. The highway steering problems are a " Safety " feature so you don't veer suddenly into another drivers lane.
      Inespugnabile
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahahahahaha ehy ford, it was nice to make anti-toyota AD in 2010? Get this...again!
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      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      So how many Escape fires happened that NEVER MADE THE NEWS?
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      anouther day another FORD recall. they should just cahnge the FORD logo from blue ovol to a brown one that says TURD. FORD is the laughing stock of automotive. they cliam to have a luxury brand but lets bw honest lincoln never was one it was ALWAYS a very large clear step below Cadillac even Buick
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