July 19 Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it
is recalling 11,500 new 2013 model Ford Escape SUVs with
1.6-liter engines and warned drivers to stop driving them
immediately due to a risk of engine fire.
It is extremely rare for an automaker to warn drivers to
stop driving their recalled vehicles. The company is telling
owners to contact their local Ford dealers immediately so that
loaner vehicles can be delivered and their Escapes picked up to
be taken to the dealerships for repair.
The redesigned Escape began to sell only last month and is
an important vehicle for Ford.
Ford Escapes from the 2013 model year that have 2.0- and
2.5-liter engines are not affected the recall and fire risk,
(Reporting By Bernie Woodall; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)