In its latest recall, Ford Motor Co. found another serious safety issue in its newly launched 2013 Escape sport utility vehicle, as it may have contained an improperly installed part that could trigger a fire in the engine compartment. This recall, which is the third for this car, affects about 7,600 Escapes, mostly in the United States, equipped with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The recalled models were built between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012. In a small number of these models, the cup plug on the engine cylinder head might come loose. This would lead to loss of engine coolant, causing the engine to overheat. In some cases, the ethylene glycol in the coolant may combust.
Ford has also recalled some of its 2012 Edge vehicles because of concerns that the fuel line could leak and potentially cause a fire. The recall affects about 5,500 vehicles made between September 2, 2010 and October 31, 2011. The Edge is a midsized SUV, and the affected vehicles have 2-liter engines. The problem is caused by a manufacturing defect in a part called the “fuel line pulse damper” that may crack, resulting in fuel leaks when the fuel system is under pressure. Fuel leaks can increase the risk of a fire. If cracks do occur, the smell of gas can be present, and fuel leaks can appear. These conditions can cause a fire under the hood.
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