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The 2013 Ford Escape has already been recalled seven ti... The 2013 Ford Escape has already been recalled seven times. (Photo: Ford).
One of Ford Motor Company's most popular vehicles may also be one of its most troubled.

The company announced two more recalls Tuesday of its 2013 Ford Escape for problems that have caused at least 13 engine fires. The recalls affect 149,386 vehicles.

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford officials said a "misinstalled fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel."

It's the latest in a string of problems for the '13 Escape, which has now been recalled seven times in roughly 17 months on the market. Ford said it knew of no deaths or injuries associated with the latest problem, but among 117 complaints filed on the car, several motorists told NHTSA they were afraid to drive their vehicles.

"The auto stalls randomly on occasion. I feel this is a dangerous situation, however, the dealer can't get a code so Ford will not fix," one vehicle owner wrote.

"We are concerned that we may get rear ended in a serious accident if the car stalls again, and the car/truck behind us doesn't stop in time, e.g. Harry Chapin on the LIE (Long Island Expressway)," wrote another. "We transport our two grandchildren two days a week from school and are extremely concerned."

The latest report of an engine fire arrived on Nov. 18, when a motorist wrote, "my car is still overheating after bringing it into the dealer 6 times." NHTSA does not release the names of vehicle owners who file complaints.

The problems with fuel leaking, overheating and potential fires in the Escape is a vexing one for Ford. The company had issued three previous recalls to deal with the same problems on July 18, 2012, Sept. 4, 2012 and Dec. 3, 2012. It was not immediately clear why the first wave of recalls did not resolve the problem, and Ford did not return messages left seeking comment Tuesday.

The Escape remains a popular small SUV. Through October, Ford has sold 250,543 Escapes so far this year, trailing only the Honda CR-V in the crossover segment.

Among its crossover competitors, however, the Escape is the dubious leader among recalls by a wide margin for vehicles in the 2013 model year. The '13 CR-V has been recalled once. The Chevy Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester have not been recalled.

Pete Bigelow is an associate editor at AOL Autos. He can be reached via email at peter.bigelow@teamaol.com and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



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      wassup
      • 1 Year Ago
      FORD - Fork Over Repair Dough
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stop trying to save the "EXPLODER" I mean Explorer. Thats all this is, is the OE explorer while The Explorer got bigger. Except for this and Maybe a few past cars ( as everyone) FORD is a good company. I hope they stay that way.
        njenel
        • 1 Year Ago
        a person once asked me, what the door tolerances were on a FORD i told them close enough to keep the mice from getting in and large enough to let the water out.
          Ken the Great
          • 1 Year Ago
          @njenel
          CR made the comment that Ford's fit & finish were world class.......they have had ZERO tolerance problems .....go play in traffic.
        njenel
        • 1 Year Ago
        why FORD never went belly up is a mystery!
        Ken the Great
        • 1 Year Ago
        what kind of retard uses the term exploder? thats from the TIRE problem from firestone..............they didn't explode....explorer is not getting bigger at all................the escape has always been a top selling SMALL suv.
      wassup
      • 1 Year Ago
      FORD - Flintstone Or Rubble Driven
      rann948
      • 1 Year Ago
      We love Ford. The un-obama car company. (ps - we have owned many GM vehicles, and spent loads of time at the dealer repair shop.)
      am0714
      • 1 Year Ago
      ford fix or repair daily
      wassup
      • 1 Year Ago
      FORD - Funky Old Rebuilt Dodge
      tyj146
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now we know why it's called an Escape.
      oneshotjon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since when is an "overheating engine" a report of an engine fire. Does the writer of this article know anything about cars?
        Ria
        • 9 Months Ago
        @oneshotjon
        "incorrectly installed fuel line will leak and cause the engine to catch on fire; latest recall: the engine "may" over heat and cause the cylinder block to crack, leaking oil and CATCH OF FIRE?!?!
      • 1 Year Ago
      at least ford will recall its cars on its own, GM hides thier recalls so you have to hunt for them yourself, i had a GM truck with gas tanks on the outside of the frame, GMs fix, a coupon for a thousand off a new truck, no thanks, I will stick with my NO BAILOUT MONEY Fords
        HappyListener
        • 1 Year Ago
        How quickly we forget. 2010 ABC News. Ford Wind Star van had a safety defect. The rear axle snapping in half unexpectedly due to corrosion. More than 800 reported incidents over 10 years, including deaths. Ford had long maintaining that there was little chance of an accident with a broken axle on the Wind Star and no need for an expensive recall. Ford's change of heart was only prompted after an investigation by the (N.H.T.S.A.)National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only then did Ford recall 612,000 Wind Star vans between years 1998 to 2003.
      vinceraneri
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 2012 Ford Escape has problems also. I've had it to the dealership, 3 different ones, and the problem is never resolved. My last Escape!!!
      Susan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a new 2005 Ford F150 that had problems and Ford kept up with their excuses had to get rid of it. Bought a Silvarado (new) and no issues with GM, Dealer or truck. Make the switch and move on.
        Ken the Great
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Susan
        hell no, why downgrade to a cheaper, unreliable truck? beginning to see that its the DRIVER, not the vehicle here. Ford out sells and outlasts GM trucks.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please do not print my name on an open AOLscreen
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