The current Ford Escape may be one of America's favorite compact crossovers, but it also has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most recall-prone. Ford is recalling more than 600,000 Escape SUVs and more than 60,000 C-Max hybrids for a software glitch that could prevent the side airbags from deploying in a rollover accident. The fix is a reprogramming of the software controlling airbag deployment and does not involve a mechanical defect. The current recall affects models built between October 2011 and February 2014, regardless of powertrain.

Since its introduction, the Escape has had a number of recalls issued, the one receiving the most publicity being a recall affecting models equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which could result in an engine fire. A total of four recalls were issued specifically for the 1.6-liter model for various reasons.

Ford is issuing a separate recall on 692,744 Escape models for an issue with the exterior door handles. The handles can bind, preventing proper function of the latch mechanism, and potentially causing the doors to come open while driving, and making them difficult to close.

Although not of the same critical nature of the earlier recalls of the 1.6L models when Ford instructed drivers to not drive their vehicles and dispatched tow trucks to transport affected models to the dealer, these latest two recalls are two of the largest for the Escape to date.

Source: The Detroit News