Engine Fire Risk Prompts Ford Fusion, Escape Recall

by Christopher Freeburn | December 3, 2012 10:03 am

Engine Fire Risk Prompts Ford Fusion, Escape Recall

Ford Motor Company1 300x191 Engine Fire Risk Prompts Ford Fusion, Escape Recall[1]A problem with overheating engines[2] has led Ford (NYSE:F[3]) to recall 89,000 of its popular 2013 Fusion and Escape models.

The auto-maker has received 13 reports of fires resulting from engines that grew hot enough to cause fluid leaks, leading to fires. While no injuries have been linked to the problem, Ford is recalling 15,833 Fusion vehicles and 73,320 Escape SUVs that feature 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engines to implement repairs, HighGearMedia.com noted.

Owners of Ford Fusions and Escapes can see if their vehicle is affected by checking its vehicle identification number (VIN), which can be found at the base of the windshield and on a label on the inside of the driver’s side door.

Fusions covered by the recall have VINs in which “R” is the eight character, while affected Escapes have “X” as the eight character. Escapes have been involved in several recalls this year[4].

The Fusion recall comes after the 2013 line snagged the title[5] of “Green Car of the Year” from Green Car Journal last week, beating out vehicles from Toyota (NYSE:TM[6]), Honda (NYSE:HMC[7]), Fiat‘s (PINK:FIATY[8]) Chrysler and Volkswagen (PINK:VLKAY[9]).

Despite news of the recall, shares of Ford rose about 1% in Monday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Ford-Motor-Company1.jpg
  2. problem with overheating engines: http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/2013-ford-escape-fusion-recalled-for-fire-risk/2012/12/03/49ea61c0-3d51-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html
  3. F: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=F
  4. involved in several recalls this year: http://investorplace.com/2012/07/ford-recalls-485000-escapes/
  5. 2013 line snagged the title: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/ford-fusion-named-green-car-of-the-year/
  6. TM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TM
  7. HMC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HMC
  8. FIATY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FIATY
  9. VLKAY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VLKAY

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