New Ford Escape Recalled for Second Time Due to Engine Fire

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Ford Motor Company has issued a second recall for its 2013 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle (SUV), this time for an engine fire hazard. In association with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 6,146 vehicles are being recalled, as reported by Reuters.

Specifically, 2013 Escape SUVs with 1.6 liter engines and manufactured between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012 are being recalled. This is due to the possibility that the head cup plug, also known as the freeze plug, can become dislodged, allowing a large amount of engine coolant to spill out. The engine coolant can fall onto the engine, which could evaporate from the heat. The glycol, which is a chemical used as an antifreeze, may ignite from the heat, causing an engine fire to occur.

This is the vehicle’s second recall within three months. The prior recall was also due to a fire hazard caused by fuel lines splitting and leaking gasoline.

Ford will be notifying owners of the recall and will seal the existing head cup plug while also adding a secondary plug cover, all without charge.

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