Ford Motor Company has issued an immediate safety recall of 2013 Escape sport-utility vehicles. Approximately 11,500 Ford Escape SUVs equipped with the base 1.6-liter engine may leak gasoline from the engine's fuel line and possibly catch fire. Dealerships have been told to stop giving test drives and to hold off on selling affected models. About 4,800 models have been delivered to customers, including Consumer Reports.
According to Ford, the leaking fuel line issue doesn't affect 2013 Escape SUVs of other engine sizes or if the 1.6-liter gas engine is off and not running. And while there have been no reports of fires or injuries from the faulty engine fuel line, Ford is warning owners to stop driving the affected SUVs and immediately contact local dealerships for free repairs. Dealers will deliver a loaner vehicle to customers and will then transport their 2013 Escape to the dealership until the repair has been completed.
Pending parts availability, the repair is expected to take less than an hour to complete, and Ford estimates that the recalls could be completed in a little as two weeks.
Consumer Reports has recently purchased a 2013 Ford Escape Titanium model with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for testing and inclusion in our Ratings of SUVs. That $36,600 model, which has more options than the pricier ($37,020) 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL, is not part of this current Ford recall.
However, our testers also purchased an Escape with turbocharged 1.6-liter gas engine that is part of this recall. While we wait for our local dealership to repair the flawed Escape—and verify that it's also not part of the recent recall of 2013 Escape SUVs for brake pedal issues—we'll continue to evaluate the Escape Titanium model at our test track facilities.
For more information about the current 2013 Ford Escape recall, consumers may contact Ford's Customer Relationship Center (toll-free: 866-436-7332) or visit the company's website: www.FordOwner.com.
Recall: 2013 Ford Escape w/ 1.6-liter engines - Fuel line leak [Ford Motor Company]