Ford Motor Co
. is recalling
six thousand Escape
hybrid SUVs in order to inspect and possibly fix a drive-train shaft that may fracture, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
said today in Washington. The problem is that the SUV may continue to roll after being place in "park" because the shaft may not have been heat-treated correctly. There have been no reports of injuries, but there were 14 reports of the problem.
The recall will start later this month (on or before the 23rd) and affects only the four-wheel-drive version of the gasoline-electric 2006 Escape. These SUVs were built at Ford's
Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant between July 2005 and April 2006.
[Source: Bloomberg News]