Following the initial recall for almost 4,000 examples of the 2013 Escape we reported on Monday, Ford has now issued a second recall. This recall affects 11,500 examples in the US and Canada with the 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine, built between April and July 11th this year.
This time Ford has taken the drastic measure of advising owners that they shouldn’t drive their Escapes and should contact a dealer immediately to arrange for them to pick the car and give them a loan car, due to the risk of engine fire.
The issue this time is a bad batch of fuel lines from a supplier plant that can split, leak and cause a fire in the engine bay. There have been three reported fires so far, two from Ford employees themselves and one from a customer in Canada.
With the earlier recall this is bad news for Ford, which was experiencing good sales of the new SUV, but sales will almost certainly be affected following such a serious recall. It’s very rare for a vehicle recall to include a ‘do not drive’ warning.
European models are not affected.