WASHINGTON – Ford Motor Co. is recalling 6,146 2013 model-year Escape SUVs equipped with 1.6L engines because the cylinder head cup plug, or freeze plug, in these vehicles may become dislodged and result in significant engine coolant loss.

This condition poses a fire risk in the engine compartment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported. As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite and trigger an engine compartment fire.

Ford dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge, to remedy the problem.

Vehicle owners can reach Ford at 1-866-436-7332.