Ford Motor Co.
) announced two recalls of its popular sports utility vehicle
(SUV) Escape of the model year 2013. With these two recalls, the
automaker's total number of recalls of Escape increases to seven
since the vehicle was redesigned and marketed in the spring of
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The first recall announced yesterday covers 161,334 Escape SUVs
globally. Of these, 139,228 vehicles are in the U.S. market,
18,917 in Canada and the remaining in other markets. Ford is
recalling the SUVs to fix oil leaks that may lead to fire.
The 2013 version of Ford's Escape is equipped with 1.6-liter
engines. The compny is recalling the vehicles as the engine
cylinder head may crack due to overheating and thereby result in
leakage of oil. This may eventually lead to fire.
Ford will alter the engine shielding, cooling and control systems
under the recall. Ford said that it is aware of 13 incidents of
fire due to this problem, but there is no report of any injury.
The next recall covers 11,821 Escape vehicles, which are included
in the above-mentioned recall as well. Of these vehicles, 9,469
vehicles are in the U.S.
Ford announced the second recall due to the improper installation
of the engine compartment fuel line during a prior recall. This
also may lead to oil leakage. Under this recall, Ford will
examine the engine compartment fuel line and replace it if
required. The owners will be informed about both the recall by
Jan 23, 2014.
In addition, Ford is recalling 7,329 Lincoln MKZ hybrid vehicles
of the model years 2013 and 2014 globally. The recall is being
made to reprogram the powertrain control module. The existing
module is unable to meet the U.S. regulatory requirement that the
brake needs to be depressed before the car can be shifted out of
In Jul 2012, Ford had recalled 11,500 Escape SUVs to fix a
problem that may have led to engine fire. In the same month, the
automaker recalled 8,266 Escapes due to a carpeting issue, which
could reduce clearance for the brake pedal.
These recalls were followed by one in Sep 2012, in which Ford
recalled 7,600 2013 Escape SUVs to fix problems that could have
caused fire. Two months later, 73,300 Escapes were recalled to
fix a software glitch in the cooling system, which had the
possibility of causing fire.
Moreover, Ford had to pay a penalty of $17.4 million to the U.S.
regulators in Jul 2013 for not recalling about 424,000 Escape
vehicles of the model years 2001 to 2004. This is the biggest
penalty that can be imposed by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Escape is the second best selling vehicle of Ford in the U.S.
after the F-Series pickup trucks. Escape sales went up 14% to
250,543 vehicles in the first ten months of 2013. It provides
tough competition to
Honda Motor Co., Ltd
) CR-V in the SUV segment.
Not only Ford, other automakers are also recalling vehicles for
several reasons. Recently,
) recalled 2.64 million vehicles across the globe to fix some
drive system and electronic problems. Volkswagen was followed by
Toyota Motor Corp.
), as the latter recalled 33,000 cars, pickup trucks and
commercial vehicles globally to fix a problem related to the