Ford is recalling 2013 Escape SE and SEL models and 2013 Fusion SE and SEL models with 1.6-liter engines over risks of engine fires.
Ford said the recall came after reports of engines overheating, followed by vehicle fires starting in the engine compartment when the engine was running. No injuries had been reported.
Ford said the problem for drivers started when their clusters showed the message “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.” Some drivers also indicated that their instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light. Ford said drivers who saw any of the indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle.
Ford said there were around 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter engines, with most in the U.S. market. The issue did not affect 2013 Escape or 2013 Fusion models with other engines.
The company has advised owners to contact their dealer immediately for alternative transport at no cost. Repair procedures were currently not available.
Vehicles part of the recall included those with eighth character of the 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) being an “X” on Escapes or an “R” on Fusions. Customers could also check online at the Ford site.
“We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers,” said Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office. “It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety.”
Ford said it was working on a repair procedure. When parts were available, the company would notify customers so they could schedule a service appointment with dealers.