Some owners of last year’s model of a popular Ford (F) SUV will have to take their vehicles back to dealers for repairs early next year.
The nation’s second-largest automaker has announced a recall of the 2013 Escape over defective cylinder heads, which can fracture and leak oil. The recall covers more than 161,000 Escapes with 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engines, the Associated Press notes.
Oil leaks from the cylinders have been linked to 13 vehicle fires. Ford says that it has not received any reports of injuries associated with the incidents.
The recall begins in January. Ford says that dealers will inspect fuel lines — which are suspected of having been improperly installed on about 12,000 vehicles — and make any needed repairs free of charge.
This is the seventh recall for the redesigned Escape, which was introduced in early 2012. In a company statement, Ford noted that 2013 Escapes with 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines were not affected by the recall.
Shares of Ford fell slightly in Wednesday morning trading.