Ford is issuing a voluntary safety recall of 2013 Escape SUV and Fusion sedans equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine over concerns they can overheat, creating a fire risk.
Ford is advising customers to contact their dealers to arrange alternative transportation, at no cost, until a repair can be made. At this time, the repair process and parts are being developed, with no announced date for availability. Customers will be notified when the work can be performed.
Affected models can be identified by their vehicle identification number (VIN), located at the base of the windshield. Recalled models will have as the eight character an "X" for Escapes or "R" on Fusions. Owners can also log into Ford.com and check for recalls under the "Support" tab.
All other Escape and Fusion variations are not included in this campaign.
Drivers experiencing the problems have reported that high engine temperatures led to engine fires, preceded by a dash warning that included a chime and display of "Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely." If symptoms are experienced, Ford advises pulling over and turning the vehicle off. The automaker will cover expenses related to overheating incidents.
There have been no injuries reported thus far.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists four other recalls for the 2013 Ford Escape, including one issued in September. (See: "2013 Ford Escape SUVs recalled due to engine fire risk.")
Consumer Reports owns both the recalled models, and like thousands of drivers, we'll take our Escape and Fusion to the local dealership when a repair is available.
U.S. owners may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.
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