Ford has identified two possible fire risks for the 2013 Escape crossover. The automaker has issued two recalls affecting up to 149,000 vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine after it discovered a fire could start due to fuel and oil leaks.
The first recall involves 139,917 model year 2013 Escapes that were produced from October 5, 2011 to June 2, 2013. Affected cars may have an engine cylinder head that could overheat and crack, resulting in an oil leak. The oil could catch on fire if it comes into contact with hot engine parts. Ford will revise the engine shielding and cooling systems free of charge.
The next recall affects 9469 2013 Escapes manufactured from October 5, 2011 to July 11,2012. These vehicles may have an improperly installed fuel line from a previous recall last year. The repaired fuel line could prematurely wear out, causing a fire risk due to leaking fuel. Ford will inspect and replace the fuel line if needed. Both recalls begin this January.
This latest round of recalls is the third related to the 2013 Escape powered by the 1.6-liter engine. Last September 7600 units were recalled due to a cup plug within the cylinder head that could become dislodged, causing coolant to leak and possibly catch on fire.