Ford Motor Co. has announced a new recall for its 2013 Ford Escape. This is the company's third recall on this new model SUV.
About 7,600 vehicles are affected by this recall, most of which were sold in the U.S. and Canada, reported Reuters.
According to the announcement issued by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Ford Motor Co. is recalling 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012. The affected SUVs are equipped with 1.6L engines.
The problem cited is a cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) that may become dislodged. If this occurs, engine coolant could leak out onto a hot engine; this increases risk of an engine compartment fire.
Ford will fix the problem, free of charge, starting about Sept. 10 when the safety recall officially begins.
Detroit Free Press reported this is the third time a quality problem has been connected to the new Escape model. Digital Journal reported on the first 2013 Escape recall, which occurred in July. In that announcement, 10,000 vehicles were recalled due to a carpeting flaw which could interfere with braking.
Several media reports noted the recalls have not had an impact on sales of the new Escape, which was one of the top five sellers in the U.S. in August.
Ford was reported to have stated in a document filed with the NHTSA this current recall impacts less than 0.4 percent of Escape vehicles sold in the U.S.
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