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 Q&A with Robert Brown - Ford Acts Promptly for Customer Safety by Recalling 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter Engines and 2013 Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines

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Ford is issuing a voluntary safety recall for approximately 73,500 2013 model year Ford SE and SEL model Escapes and 15,800 2013 model year SE and SEL Ford Fusions equipped with the 1.6-liter engine due to the risk of a vehicle fire that starts in the engine compartment.
 
Affected vehicle owners are being advised to contact their dealership as soon as possible for alternative transportation, which will be provided at no cost to the customer other than the cost of fuel.
 
Following is more information from Robert Brown, vice president, Sustainability and Environmental and Safety Engineering.

What is the issue involved with this action?
There is a risk of a vehicle fire that starts in the engine compartment in 2013 MY Escapes and 2013 MY Fusions with 1.6-liter engines. Our extensive engineering analyses show that engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks that may come in contact with the hot exhaust system resulting in a fire.
 
How many reports of fires are we aware of?
As of today, we are aware of 13 reports of 1.6-liter engine fires on 2013 Escapes and Fusions. Twelve are in 2013 MY Escapes with 1.6-liter engines. One is in a 2013 MY Fusion with a 1.6-liter engine.
 
Can a fire occur when the vehicle is turned off?
No. 
 
Is it safe to park the vehicles in their garage?
Yes. However, owners are advised to contact their dealership as soon as possible for alternative transportation.
 
What should we do if we have one of the affected vehicles?
If you purchased your vehicle through a dealership, you should contact your dealership as soon as possible for alternative transportation. U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.  Mexico is not involved.  Management lessees with affected vehicles will receive a separate email with additional information.
 
Is this the same issue as earlier this year when we recalled 2013 Escapes for potential fires?
Our analyses show that engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks that may come in contact with the hot exhaust system resulting in a vehicle fire. The prior recalls addressed specific root causes that are not related to this recall. We are now developing a fix designed to keep fluids from reaching the hot exhaust components.

When will we find out information about repairs?
Repair procedures are not currently available. When parts are available, the company will notify customers so they can schedule a service appointment.

  

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11/30/2012 5:00 PM