Vehicle recalls happen with such frequency that it'd be alarming, if not for the fact that most are only for minor issues.

But as the 2013 Ford Escape is recalled for the fourth time, owners might start wondering whether they've made the correct purchase.

Ford has announced the recall of 89,000 Escapes and 2013 Ford Fusions in order to fix a fluid leak due to engine overheating.

Should the leaking fluids connect with hot components, such as the exhaust pipe, the vehicle is at risk of catching fire. As The Detroit News reports (via our sister site, TheCarConnection), the recall affects 73,320 Escape SUVs, and affects only the 1.6-liter EcoBoost unit.

Amazingly, the recall on Escape models is not only the fourth overall, but the third aimed at reducing a fire risk.

Recall #1

The first recall affected over 8,000 Escapes back in July, in which carpet padding could interfere with braking.

While Ford reported no incidents involving the issue, it notified owners to have the trim panel causing the issue fixed.

Recall #2

Ford then recalled 11,500 Escape 1.6 EcoBoost models not long after launch, also in July.

The remedial work replaced an engine compartment fuel line, at risk of splitting and leaking fuel in the engine bay--potentially starting a fire. Ford urged owners not to drive their vehicles until the work had been carried out.

Recall #3

The Escape's third recall also dealt with a potential fire risk. A faulty cylinder head cup plug was at risk of dislodging, resulting in a "significant loss of engine coolant".

Evaporated coolant on the engine block could then leave flammable glycol residue on the engine block. The recall affected 6,146 Escape 1.6 EcoBoosts made between October 4, 2011 and August 31, 2012.

Recall #4

The current recall involves the largest number of cars yet, and the company has received 13 reports fires related to the overheating issue. The Los Angeles Times reports that Ford will "compensate owners for costs tied to overheating".

Ford's advice is to heed dashboard warnings which may indicate a problem, including "Engine over temp, stop safely" and "Engine power reduced to lower temps".

Concerned owners can contact Ford on 1-866-436-7332, or check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) with Ford on the website.


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