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Fire concerns behind two Ford recalls of 150K Escape vehicles
Ford Motor Company is recalling about 150,000 model year 2013 Escape vehicles in two separate recalls due to safety concerns that the SUVs may burst into flames. First, the automaker is calling back 139,917 Escape vehicles equipped with 1.6 liter engines because localized overheating of the engine cyclinder head may cause cracks that could cause an oil leak. If engine oil comes into contact with a hot engine, an engine compartment fire may result. This recall is an expansion on an earlier recall 12V-551 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the second recall, Ford is calling back 9,469 Escape vehicles because the engine compartment fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired in a prior recall by the highway administration, 12V-336. The concern is that the erroneously installed fuel line could chafe and leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fire could start. The recall number for both cases is 13S12. The recall is to begin by Jan. 23, 2014. Ford will notify vehicle owners and dealers will make the repairs for free. For information, call Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Learn more about this and other recalls from the highway administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline by calling 1-888-327-4236 or visiting www.safercar.gov.