Third time is not a charm for the 2013 Ford Escape.
The latest — and third — recall involves the Escape’s engine. According to the automaker, the cup plug in the engine cylinder head could dislodge improperly. The result could lead to the release of engine coolant which, in contact with a live engine, potentially resulting in fire. A Ford Escape fire reported from a Tennessee dealership may have prompted the recall.
Around 7,600 model year 2013 Ford Escape crossovers are affected by the recall. The 2013 Escapes recalled were built between October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012. Owners of the 2013 Ford Escape are asked to bring in their vehicles to dealerships, which will then examine the affected parts, apply more sealant if necessary, and install an additional cup plug over the first one. Ford states no Escape owner has reported being involved in an accident resulting from this latest issue.
The first recall of the 2013 Ford Escape involved carpet padding interfering with the brake pedal. In the second recall, Ford urged Escape owners to actually stop driving their vehicles. Dealerships would pick up the Escape and then repair the faulty fuel line.
Source: Ford, Detroit News