DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company is voluntarily recalling thousands of vehicles because of a potential fire hazard.
Nearly 90,000 2013 Ford Escapes and Ford Fusions are on the recall list. Ford issued the recall November 30, and says there have been reports of overheating and fires in models with the 1.6 liter Ecoboost engine.
The problem doesn’t affect other model years, or Escapes and Fusions with different engines. Ford says it’s working on a way to fix the problem.
In the meantime, Ford is asking affected owners to contact a dealer as soon as possible to arrange for a loaner vehicle at no charge.
“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 in a news release. “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.”
This isn’t the first problem Ford has had with the Ecoboost engines. This is the third recall for the new Escapes with this engine, for possible overheating the fire dangers.