Ford recently announced it is recalling over 73,000 2013 Escape, and nearly 16,000 2013 Fusion SE and SEL, vehicles due to potential fires in its 1.6-liter turbo-charged engines. Ford indicates there have been 12 reported fire incidents and believes the cause is related to an overheating condition that can cause engine fluids to leak on heated engine surfaces; however, the exact cause of the problem remains uncertain. While it continues its investigation, Ford has asked effected owners to seek loaner vehicles from their dealer. Ford has also instructed vehicle operators to safely stop and exit their vehicle if they experience indications of an overheating condition and/or instrument panel warnings.
This is the fourth recall for the 2013 Escape, two of which relate to potential engine fires. Owners uncertain whether their vehicle is affected by this or any other recall can contact their local Ford dealer, or log on to Ford’s website, www.ford.com , and click on the “Support” tab to enter their 17 digit vehicle identification number.
For more information regarding this investigation, or any Automotive matters, please contact R. Scott King, BSME, Automotive / Mechanical Engineer with DJS Associates at rsk@forensicDJS.com.DJS Industry News