By Michael Pines, Accident & Injury Prevention Expert
Owners of the latest 2013 Ford Escape crossovers are urged to take the next steps to prevent accident and injury following the automaker’s latest recall.
New York Times
, Ford is recalling about 140,000 vehicles
in the United States because of a potential fire hazard. The manufacturer has indicated the Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine may be to blame for 13 recent auto fires that prompted the recall.
Other export markets including Canada may also be affected. According to Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker, an additional 21,000 cars are being recalled internationally in addition to the recall in the U.S.
Ford explained the recall was voluntarily issued due to concerns over cracks in the engine during possible overheating of the cylinder head. Cracking could lead to leaked oil and a possible fire in the presence of high-heat surfaces. Although no personal injury has been reported, 13 vehicles were ignited into flames after suspected cracking within the engine components.
Ford aims to fix the problem by enhancing “the engine shielding, cooling and control systems.”
Owners of all 2013 Ford Escapes are urged to visit an authorized dealer to inquire on recall repairs. According the auto manufacturer’s site, some 9,500 of its 2013 Escapes thought to have undergone repair may still produce fuel leaks which could pose a fire hazard. An additional 2,300 vehicles in Canadian and export markets are additionally recalled.
More information on the recall can be found
NEXT STEPS: STAY SAFE & FOLLOW UP ON RECALL REPAIRS IMMEDIATELY
Ford says the recall is voluntary, but that’s not to be confused with voluntary repair. In this sense, Ford’s voluntary recall means the company was not forced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue the recall. All consumers, however, should know that recall repairs are urged to be completed as soon as possible and are therefore not voluntary.
To ensure your safety, please make sure to:
- Contact Ford Immediately
If you’re at all unsure whether your vehicle is affected, call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 and provide your Vehicle Identification Number to receive more information. Alternatively, Ford owners can log onto
to find recall information.
- Schedule Repairs
To avoid any risk of fires, you must complete your repairs as quickly as possible. Most authorized Ford dealerships or repair stations will complete your recall repair free of charge. It’s important to contact Ford to find out which locations can service your vehicle for free.
- Report Any Additional Problems
Consumers should notify the auto manufacturer when any additional problems arise. Even if the issue is small – say, loose hubcaps or a trunk that won’t stay shut – it’s important to report the malfunction right away. Lives are saved when consumers are proactive.
- Register Your Vehicle for Future Recalls
Owners of Ford vehicles and all other manufacturers are urged to register their vehicles and other commonly used household items, equipment or machinery at Recalls.gov. Benefits of registering include quick notification in the event of new or additional recalls, ongoing updates and any additional information pertaining to relevant recalls. Consumers can even register to receive recall information about foods, medicines, toys, furniture, personal care, cosmetics and other consumer products.
About Michael Pines
Michael Pines is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines (
), a car accident lawyer group in San Diego. The firm has specialized in car accident injury since 1992, offering the San Diego area expert legal guidance for over 20 years. Mike is a vigilant spokesperson for accident prevention. He can be found on