Ford is recalling a total of 149,386 model year 2013 Ford Escape vehicles for two separate defects that could potentially lead to a vehicle fire.
First, 139,917 2013 Ford Escape vehicles equipped with 1.6L engines are being recalled. The affected vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak. Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire.
Ford is recalling an additional 9,469 Escapes that were subject to a prior safety recall (NHTSA 12V-336). In some cases, the engine compartment fuel line in these vehicles may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall. The improperly installed fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
The owners of all affected Escape vehicles will be notified by Ford, and local Ford dealers will make the necessary repairs free of charge. For additional information on either of these recalls, contact Ford toll-free at 866-436-7332.