2013 Ford Escape Recalled Again For Engine Bay Fire Risk

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It has only been on sale a few months, but the popular 2013 Ford (NYSE:F) Escape has just received its second recall relating to potential engine-bay fires. 

According to official recall documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, the recall involves replacing a faulty cylinder head cup plug, otherwise known as a freeze plug. 

In some circumstances, Ford warns, the plug may become dislodged, resulting in a “significant loss of engine coolant.”

As the coolant drains and hits the warm engine, the water content of the coolant will evaporate, leaving behind unevaporated glycol residue on the engine block.

Under the right conditions, this glycol residue could ignite, starting an engine bay fire. 

Like the previous 2013 Escape recall, initiated after Ford discovered a faulty fuel line could potentially start a fire, the current recall only affects 2013 Escapes fitted with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engines. 

A total of 6,146 Escape 1.6 EcoBoosts, made between 4 October 2011 and 31 August 2012, are involved in the recall. 

As with Ford’s previous Escape recall, the automaker is acting quickly to remedy the problem, with recalls expected to begin on or around September 10.

The recall will involve sealing the existing plug, and fitting of a secondary plug cover, free of charge. 

Concerned Ford Escape owners can call Ford on 1-866-436-7332, or the NHTSA on 1-888-327-4236.


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Comments (4)
  1. Now we know why it is called "Escape" because you have to escape from the fire.

  2. Not surprising. Ford has been rushing to have the "next best thing" that they're cutting corners to be the first to introduce something. I'm not sold on the quality of their Eco-Boost... never have been. Hard to take a powerful V8 company and try to switch to Turbos over night. Same thing that has crushed Chrysler in the 90s and early 2000s. Introduce something new without going through all of the tests.

  3. I am happy with Ford's urgent action to solve all Fire risks and take a leap in its "Ecoboost" line of engines. But I think squeezing extra HP out of a smaller engine has its design and reliability risks.

    I would "personally" wait couple years before Ford works out all the problems with them. I just hope that the eco boost line doesn't turn into the notorious Ford Power Stroke 6.0L Turbo Diesel issues (owners couldn't even trade in their used trucks b/c the problem and nobody wants it).

  4. The 1.6L EcoBoost engine is manufactured in England. The affected units started in October 2011 (well before the Escape began production) through August 2012, so some of the affected units are likely in Europe. From my understanding, Ford was installing the freeze plugs manually during a period when their automated process was not working properly, but it's now back on line.

    Ford should have had a process in place to ensure they were being seated properly. It's certainly not the product launch Ford wanted.

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