Ford is recalling its redesigned 2013 Escape with 1.6-liter engine. That is to fix the SUV’s faulty fuel line that could break and lead to a fire, although no injuries were reported. The automaker strictly advises owners of 2013 Ford Escape not to drive their cars. Furthermore, dealers were instructed not to sell units that they have in stock.
As stated on Ford’s press release:
Ford Motor Company is taking quick action on behalf of its customers by conducting a voluntary safety recall of 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine, which were built through July 11, 2012.
Ray Nevi, Ford’s assistant director for Automotive Safety Office, also added:
We have identified an issue and are taking quick actions in the best interest of our customers. Our intensive investigation and testing has identified the area of concern and we are moving as quickly as possible to repair vehicles for our customers. In the meantime, it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer.
According to Ford, about 11,500 units of its 2013 Escape were affected by the recall, which were built through July 11. The car manufacturer added that theywill give owners loaner vehicles to take the SUV back to the dealership for repairs. On the other hand, the dealership won’t give demo rides in Escape models with 1.6-liter engine until the fuel line is replaced.
Ford also stated that if owners of 2013 Escape act promptly, they will be able repair all affected SUVs in two weeks. The car maker estimates that it should only take less than an hour to repair. On the other hand, cars with 2.0 and 2.5-liter engine are unaffected by the recall.
Recalling 2013 Ford Escape for Carpet Issue
Prior to this, Ford recalled about 8,200 units of its redesigned 2013 Escape after a carpeting flaw was reported.
As stated by the automaker, an improperly installed piece of carpet padding on the center-console trim panel can cause a driver’s foot to hit the sides of the brake pedal when switching to the accelerator pedal. Thus, it can delay the driver to apply the brake, which will increase stopping distance and the risk of crash.
The affected, which were manufactured between March 8 and June 7, were recalled to replace the carpet padding and the left-side trim panel with a new one.
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