The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen have announced several recalls for new vehicles, ranging from a sporty sedan to an efficient crossover.
2013 Ford Escape 1.6-Liter EcoBoost
The Problem: The fuel lines in models equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost could split and leak, potentially causing an engine fire. The problem would only happen if the engine was running, and has so far not caused any reported injuries. 2013 Ford Escape models with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter engines are unaffected by this problem.
The Fix: Ford will repair the fuel lines for free, in a procedure that takes only about an hour to complete at a dealership. The company warns owners of affected Escapes to avoid driving them until the repair is complete, and dealers won't sell or allow test-drives of recalled models until they have been fixed.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 11,500 Ford Escapes with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.
2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Acura ILX
The Problem: In certain conditions, the front door handle cables can become slack and allow the doors to open unexpectedly. If the door lock knob is operated while the interior door handle is pulled, the cable between the door handle and door lock can lose tension. If the cable has become slack and the power door locks are operated, the doors could unexpectedly open. Honda and Acura haven't received any reports of accidents or injuries from this problem.
The Fix: The company will replace the front door latches in the Acura ILX, and the front door latches and interior door handles in the Honda CR-V.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 166,000 Honda CR-V crossovers, 6200 Acura ILX sedans
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
The Problem: Some versions of the Volkswagen Beetle were equipped with summer tires that haven't been certified for use in the U.S. That means those cars don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 110 and 139.
The Fix: Volkswagen is working to obtain enough replacement tires, and then will replace them for free at dealerships. Recall notices should be sent to owners starting in September.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 46 Volkswagen Beetles.
Sources: NHTSA, Ford, Honda