2013 Ford Escape recall after multiple engine fires
The Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for the seventh time on one of their vehicles.
The popular 2013 Ford Escape has been facing problems that has caused at least 13 engine fires. The company issued two more recalls Tuesday on the vehicle. The recall affects up to 149,386 of the vehicles.
Ford officials say that a "misinstalled fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel." This report was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It is one of the most recent problems for the 2013 For Escape, which has recalled the vehicle seven times now since it's launch in the market 17 months ago. No deaths or injuries has occured or been associated with the 2013 Escape, says the Ford Motor Company. Among 117 complaints filed on the car, many drivers told the NHTSA that they were however afraid to drive their vehicle due to the fuel line misinstallation.
"The auto stalls randomly on occasion. I feel this is a dangerous situation, however, the dealer can't get a code so Ford will not fix," wrote one vehicle owner.
"We are concerned that we may get rear ended in a serious accident if the car stalls again, and the car/truck behind us doesn't stop in time, e.g. Harry Chapin on the LIE (Long Island Expressway)," another wrote. "We transport our two grandchildren two days a week from school and are extremely concerned."
One of the most recent complaints on fire engines arrived on November 18th. "my car is still overheating after bringing it into the dealer 6 times," wrote a motorist. The NHTSA do not name out the vehicle owners who issue complaints.
Problems with the '13 Escape includes fuel leaking, overheating and fires. The Ford Company has had issued three previous recalls. The first in July 18, 2012, September 4th 2012 and December 3rd 2012. It is not clear at the current moment why the first few recalls did not resolve the problem.
The 2013 Ford Escape remains one of Ford's popular small SUV. The vehicle has sold up to 250,543 this year, just only behind the Honda CR-V.
Among it's other competitors, the '14 Escape has been mainly recalling their vehicle in large numbers. The 2013 CR-V vehicle has only recalled once. Chevy Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester has not yet issued a recall on their product.
Source: AOL Auto, "http://autos.aol.com/article/ford-recalls-the-2013-escape-for-seventh-time/," Pete Bigelow, November 27, 2013