Ford's newest crossover can't escape the curse of safety recalls. The latest issue on the 2013 Ford Escape affects about 7600 vehicles built between October 2011 and August 2012.
The Problem: In Ford Escapes with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, a cup plug in the engine cylinder head could come loose and allow coolant to leak over the engine. If engine coolant leaks on a hot component like the exhaust, it could start a fire. Ford hasn't received any reports of this issue from customers, but one 2013 Escape at a dealership caught fire after a test drive, before it was delivered to a customer.
The Fix: Ford will add more plug sealant and a secondary plug cover to help prevent coolant leaks. Performing the repair takes about three and a half hours.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The problem affects 7600 vehicles, of which about 6150 were sold in the U.S. and another 1300 were sold in Canada.