New York: US auto giant Ford on Tuesday said it would again recall certain 2013 Ford Escape small utility vehicles (SUV) equipped with 1.6-liter engines to fix problems linked to fires.
This is the seven times recall of the popular 2013 Escape since it was redesigned and went on sale in the spring of 2012.
The recalls affected 161,334 Escape SUVs globally, mostly in the United States aat risk of localised overheating of the engine cylinder which could lead to an oil leak resulting in fire.
Ford said that, “it will notify owners and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems, free of charge.”
At the earlier, Ford reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S. and Canada of 13 total fires caused when cylinder heads cracked because of overheating, allowing oil to leak onto the hot engine and catch fire. No injuries have been reported.
Ford also wants to reinspect some 9,469 vehicles which were already subjected to a recall last year, because of concerns of the possibility of a fuel leak leading to a fire.
Cars affected were built between October 5, 2011 to June 2, 2013 at the Louisville Assembly Plant.
Ford had received warranty reports of fuel odor or leaks of Escape SUVs repaired in a previous recall, according to the NHTSA.