Ford Recalls Nearly 349,000 Escape Vehicles
Ford has announced a recall of approximately 348,950 model year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
The affected Escape vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm. A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Owners of the recalled Escape vehicles will be notified by Ford, and a local dealer will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge.
The parts required to remedy this recall are not currently available. Ford expects to send an interim recall notification to owners around May 19, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter with instructions on scheduling repairs. If customers bring their vehicles to a dealer before reinforcement crossbraces are available, dealers will inspect the subframe and either inform customers that the vehicle is safe to drive until the remedy parts are available, or provide a rental vehicle until parts are available if an immediate repair is needed.
For additional information on this recall, contact Ford toll-free at (800) 392-3673. Ford's reference number for this recall is 14S02.