Recently the Ford Motor Company announced that it is recalling all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs equippedÂ with 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engines. According to Ford, the 2013 Escape has a faulty fuel line in theÂ engine compartment that may split, leak, and potentially cause a fire under the hood. So far no injuriesÂ have been reported and the number of vehicles affected with this faulty fuel line remains to be seen.
Although this recall is voluntary, Ford urges all owners to stop driving their 2013 Ford Escapes andÂ contact a dealership immediately. The dealership will provide a loaner vehicle, transport the car to theÂ shop, and perform the repair free of charge. Ford has also advised all dealerships to stop offering testÂ drives and selling the 2013 Ford Escape until each vehicle on their lot has been repaired.
According to Ford, the repair shouldnâ€™t take more than an hour, though they may in someÂ circumstances. Ford expects that all affected vehicles will be able to be fixed in two weeksâ€™ time,Â provided owners bring their vehicles in as soon as possible.
Before this recall, Ford also recalled over 10,000 2013 Escapeâ€™s because of bad carpet padding.Â According to a Ford press release, there was a risk of the carpet padding interfering with the brake andÂ gas pedals. To fix this, dealerships have been removing the padding under the carpet and replacing itÂ with a trim panel at no charge.
In the wake of the news about the 2013 Escape recalls, Ford also announced an additional recall forÂ about 485,000 model year 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Escapes. According to the US National HighwayÂ Traffic Safety Administration 68 complaints were lodged about the Escapeâ€™s sticking gas pedal. TheÂ faulty pedal, which is linked to damage to the vehicleâ€™s cruise control, has already led to 13 crashes,Â nine injuries, and one death. If you have 2001-2004 Escape thatâ€™s equipped with a 3-liter V6 engine andÂ cruise control, Ford encourages you to bring it into a dealership to see if repairs are needed. And asÂ always, if you smell or see smoke coming from your car when driving, pull over and turn off the vehicleÂ immediately.
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