Ford is recalling 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter Engines and 2013 Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines for risk of overheating that may result in engine fires. This is a voluntary safety recall, though Ford does advice owners of these vehicles to contact their dealer immediately for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer.
The recall comes after reports of engines overheating, followed by vehicle fires starting in the engine compartment when the engine is running. Thankfully no injuries have been reported so far.
There are approximately 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter engines, with most in the U.S. market. The issue does not affect 2013 Escape or 2013 Fusion models with other engines.
Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by engine fires say that their clusters have shown the message “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.” There are also reports about instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.
Drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle. Ford will compensate owners for costs tied to overheating as well.
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