Ford Motor Co. revealed on Nov. 30 that they will voluntarily recall the 2013 Ford Escape Se and SEL models with a 1.6-liter engine. The company also will recall the 2013 Ford Fusion SE and SEL vehicles with the same type of engine.
The recall is taking place because many people have reported issues to the company that engines have been overheating. In some cases the engines have caused the vehicle to catch fire according to the company press release. Fires have been reported to start in the engine compartment while the engine is running.
"We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers," said Steve Kenner, director of Ford's Automotive Safety Office in the press release. "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety."
There are many ways to figure out if your vehicle is a part of the recall. The first option is by checking the 17-digit VIN number which is located on a label near the driver door. Vehicles that have a 1.6-liter engine will have either an X or R as the eighth character on the label according to the press release.
After finding the VIN number, log on to the Ford website and click "View Notices and Recalls" under the "Support" option. Next, just search for your specific "VIN" number to see if your vehicle is a part of the recall.
If you're still not sure, simply schedule to bring your vehicle in to a Ford dealer to have a professional check it out for you.
No deaths or injuries have been reported to the company yet. The company has yet to reveal how they will be taking care of the issues, but will alert drivers when parts are available. The company advises drivers of these vehicles to find a different means of transportation for the time being.
For more information on the recall visit the Ford website here or call 888-436-7332. For information on how to seek alternative transportation options, call 888-222-7814.
Ford vehicles with a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engine are not affected by the recall according to the press release.