Recently the Ford Motor Company announced that it is recalling all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs equipped with 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engines. According to Ford, the 2013 Escape has a faulty fuel line in the engine compartment that may split, leak, and potentially cause a fire under the hood. So far no injuries 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 and contact a dealership immediately. The dealership will provide a loaner vehicle, transport the car to the shop, and perform the repair free of charge. Ford has also advised all dealerships to stop offering test drives and selling the 2013 Ford Escape until each vehicle on their lot has been repaired.

According to Ford, the repair shouldn’t take more than an hour, though they may in some circumstances. Ford expects that all affected vehicles will be able to be fixed in two weeks’ time, provided owners bring their vehicles in as soon as possible.

Before this recall, Ford also recalled over 10,000 2013 Escape’s because of bad carpet padding. According to a Ford press release, there was a risk of the carpet padding interfering with the brake and gas pedals. To fix this, dealerships have been removing the padding under the carpet and replacing it with a trim panel at no charge.

2001-2003 Models

In the wake of the news about the 2013 Escape recalls, Ford also announced an additional recall for about 485,000 model year 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Escapes. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 68 complaints were lodged about the Escape’s sticking gas pedal. The faulty pedal, which is linked to damage to the vehicle’s cruise control, has already led to 13 crashes, nine injuries, and one death. If you have 2001-2004 Escape that’s equipped with a 3-liter V6 engine and cruise control, Ford encourages you to bring it into a dealership to see if repairs are needed. And as always, if you smell or see smoke coming from your car when driving, pull over and turn off the vehicle immediately.

ABOUT THE GUEST AUTHOR

This guest post was contributed by Brittany Larson on behalf of <a href=”http://www.jimmarsh.com/“>Jim Marsh Automotive</a>.  For more information about this recall or the author email info (at) consumerbell (dot) com.