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Recall Hits 2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford EscapeFord has announced that 11,500 of its 2013 model of the Escape SUV have been recalled. This is due to a problem in the fuel line that can cause a fire if the motorist isn’t prepared. The manufacturer has taken an unusual step with this recall, telling owners of the redesigned vehicle to stop driving it. Dealers will make their way around to owners’ homes, pick up the vehicle to be repaired and leave the owner with another car to drive in the meantime.

Ford says that this problem means they have to replace the fuel line in all the SUVs. The line has a possibility of splitting and leaking petrol, which could catch fire. The recall involves the 2013 model of Escapes with the 1.6-litre engine, which were built through July 11; and no other models are at risk. The new model was put on sale last month, and most of the vehicles affected are still on dealer lots.

No injuries have been reported from the issue with the fuel line. However, there have been three fires at the least. One of the fires was experienced by a customer operating an Escape. The other two incidents happened at a Kentucky factory. The automaker says there’s no fire danger as long as the engine of the vehicle isn’t running. Ford Automotive Safety Office assistant director Ray Nevi says they are moving as fast as they can to repair the vehicles for owners. In the meantime, it’s very important that customers who have been affected by the recall don’t ignore this and immediately contact their dealer, he added.

The Ford Escape is one of the bestselling vehicles in the US. About 28,500 of them were sold last month, making it the second-best seller for the automaker (the F-series truck is its top seller). Overall, the Escape was the sixth-bestselling car in America in June, as well as the bestselling crossover, with more sales than the newly redesigned 2013 Honda CR-V.

This is the second recall in a week for the Ford Escape, with the manufacturer saying last week that about 10,000 needed to be recalled due to mispositioned carpet padding in the trim panel of the centre console. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the padding can cause the motorist to hit the side of the brake pedal when they move their foot from the accelerator. This can increase stopping distances and the risk of an accident, it added.

However, Ford isn’t the only car manufacturer to issue a recall as of late. Honda has recalled 6,200 of the 2013 model of Acura ILX sedans and 166,000 of the 2012 model of CR-Vs to repair a door issue. Honda Motor Co. said on Thursday that it needs to replace both front-door latches, as well as the interior front-door handles on some CR-Vs.

This move is to prevent an odd sequence of events that may cause the door to unexpectedly open. Honda says the inner door handle’s release cable of the driver’s or front passenger’s doors can become partially disengaged if the inner handle and either the power or manual door lock are used at the same time. The door may not latch when closed if this happens. It could also latch and close, but open when the door locks are used. No injuries or accidents have been reported on the issue.

 

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