The Problem: Certain 2013 Ford Escape models using the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine could potentially catch fire as a result of two different malfunctions. First, the fuel line in the engine compartment may have been improperly installed following a July 2012 recall. Last year’s recall replaced faulty fuel lines, but an improper installation could cause the new line to chafe, leak fuel, and eventually catch fire. The second recall addresses the possibility of an overheating engine cylinder head, which could then crack, leak oil, and start a fire.
The Fix: Ford will notify owners at risk of either malfunction, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. Those affected by a fuel line issue will have a new one installed, if necessary. Dealers will also modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems to protect against overheating cylinder heads.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: More than 140,000 2013 Ford Escape crossovers will be called in for recall work, with some overlap between the 9,469 affected by a fuel line issue and the 139,917 affected by a potentially overheating cylinder head.