DEARBORN, MI – Ford announced it is recalling the 2013-MY Ford Escape SE and SEL models equipped with the automaker’s 1.6L engine as well as its 2013-MY Fusion SE and SEL models equipped with its 1.6L engine.
Ford is voluntarily recalling these models because of reports of engine overheating, which could result in an engine fire while the engine is running. Ford said no injuries have been reported related to this issue.
Ford estimates that approximately 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter engines, with most in the U.S. market, are affected. The issue does not affect 2013 Escape or 2013 Fusion models with other engines, according to Ford.
The automaker said some drivers who have experienced this issue reported that the instrument cluster showed a message that says “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.” Some drivers also said their instrument clusters sounded a chime and that a red light lit up on the display.
Ford advised drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine, and exit the vehicle. Ford added it will compensate owners for costs related to overheating.
In terms of a fix, Ford said it’s currently working on one.
Customers can see if they are affected by the recall by doing the following:
Checking their 17-digit VIN, located on a label on the driver door opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side of their vehicle, or on their vehicle registration. In vehicles with 1.6-liter engines, the eighth character will be “X” on Escapes or “R” on Fusions;
Logging onto Ford.com, click “View Notices and Recalls” in the “Support” tab and input their VIN to determine if their vehicle is part of the recall;
Calling 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada; or
Contacting a Ford dealer