Ford Develops Fix for Escape, Fusion Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire

Ford Develops Fix for Escape, Fusion Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire
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Ford says that it has developed a fix to deal with an engine-overheating and fire problem in a number of 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion models.

Ford recently recalled about 16,000 2013 Fusions and 73,000 2013 Escapes affected by this issue. The 1.6-liter engines in the recalled vehicles have the potential to overheat, leading to fluid leaks that may come into contact with the hot exhaust system. This could lead to a vehicle fire.

To fix the problem, Ford says it will make software updates to the cooling system of the affected 1.6-liter engines, available in the SE and SEL models of the vehicles.

The software updates will better manage engine temperatures during a unique overheating condition that could occur under certain operating conditions, the company said. The original cooling system design was not able to address a loss of coolant system pressure under certain conditions.

Consumers will be able to get the software update at their local Ford dealer, free of charge. The time needed for the repair is expected to be less than half a day, but a dealer may need the vehicle for a longer period of time due to service scheduling requirements.

Until the cooling software is updated, customers driving 2013 Escape and Fusion vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine are being advised to contact their dealer to arrange for a temporary vehicle at no charge.

For additional information, consumers can contact Ford toll-free at 866-436-7332.