Ford Produces Fix in Voluntary Safety Recall of 2013 Escapes, 2013
Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines
-Ford today announced a corrective action to address potential engine
overheating that could result in engine fires in 2013 Ford Escape SE
and SEL models with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Ford Fusion SE and
SEL models with the 1.6-liter engine
-Ford will make updates to the cooling system software to better
manage engine temperatures during a unique overheating condition.
Original cooling system design was not able to address a loss of
coolant system pressure under certain operating conditions. The new
software will resolve this issue
-Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines are
unaffected as are Fusions equipped with 2.5-liter and hybrid engines
-Ford remains absolutely committed to continuously improving and
providing the highest-quality vehicles to its customers. When a
potential issue is identified, Ford acts promptly on behalf of
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 10, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today announced a
corrective action to address potential engine overheating that could
result in engine fires in SE and SEL models of the 2013 Ford Escape
and Ford Fusion models equipped with 1.6-liter engines. The vehicles
were subjects of a voluntary safety recall announced Nov. 30.
An intensive, cross-discipline engineering team at Ford worked to
identify the root cause of the extreme engine overheating condition.
To fix the condition, Ford will make software updates to the cooling
system of the 1.6-liter engine available in the SE and SEL models of
the 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Ford Fusion. The software updates will
better manage engine temperatures during a unique overheating
condition that could occur under unique operating conditions. The
original cooling system design was not able to address a loss of
coolant system pressure under certain operating conditions, which
could lead to a vehicle fire while the engine was running.
"We remain absolutely committed to continuously improving and
providing the highest-quality vehicles to our customers. When a
potential issue is identified, we act promptly on behalf of our
customers, as we did this time," said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice
President, Global Product Development.
Ford is now working to deliver the software and repair procedure to
its dealers. The company will begin notifying customers so they can
schedule service appointments with dealers.
Beginning early next week, customers will be able to get the software
update at their dealer. The time needed for this repair is less than
one-half day. However, due to service
scheduling requirements, a dealer may need the vehicle for a longer
period of time.
Until the cooling software is updated, customers driving 2013 Escape
vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Fusion models
equipped with the 1.6-liter engine have been advised to contact their
dealer to arrange for alternative transportation at no charge.
Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by
engine fires have said that their clusters have shown the message
"Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or "Engine over
temp, stop safely." Some also indicated that their instrument
clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.
Ford advised drivers who see any of these indications to safely pull
off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the
Notifications have been sent to customers affected by the recall.
Customers also can see if they are affected by the recall by:
-Checking their 17-digit VIN, located on a label on the driver door
opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver's side of their
vehicle, or on their vehicle registration. In vehicles with 1.6-liter
engines, the eighth character will be "X" on Escapes or
"R" on Fusions;
-Logging onto Ford.com, click "View Notices and Recalls" in
the "Support" tab and inputting their VIN;
-Calling 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada;
-or Contacting a Ford dealer
2013 Escapes equipped with 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are
unaffected. 2013 Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid
engines are also unaffected – as are all Titanium models.