Ford Motor Company has had its share of troublesome recalls over the years, but the past week has been particularly tough on the Dearborn-based automaker. Ford announced today a recall of 11,500 2013 Ford Escape SUVs due to a risk of engine fire.
Just a few days ago, the company recalled approximately 10,000 2013 Escapes for faulty carpeting that could get in the way of the brake pedal.
The most recent recall is due to a faulty engine fuel line, which could cause an engine fire. Dealers are being told not to demonstrate 2013 Escapes and owners have been warned not to drive them due to the risk.
Ford estimates the repairs will take approximately two weeks, during which the automaker will provide all owners with a free loaner vehicle.
The recall only affects Escape models equipped with the fuel-efficient 1.6L engine. Models equipped with the 2.0L or 2.5L engine are unaffected, according to Ford.
“We have identified an issue and are taking quick actions in the best interest of our customers,” said Ray Nevi, the assistant director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office.