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The Big Fix: Six Vehicles Most Affected By 2012 Recalls Page 2

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2013 Ford Escape

2013 Ford Escape

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2013 Ford Escape

Why it's on this list: Four recalls announced in 2012


  • Overheat may cause fluid leaks resulting in fire (12V551000, 80,057 Escapes)
  • Cup (freeze) plug dislodging (12V431000, 6,146 Escapes)
  • Engine compartment fuel line (12V336000, 9,320 Escapes)
  • Pedal package clearance variation (12V319000, 8,266 Escapes)

Manufacturer's hotline: 888-327-4236

The 2013 Ford Escape, which hit the market last spring, is an especially important product for Ford—as the previous Escape had been a longtime best-seller among compact crossovers. Yet the new Escape got an uneasy start out the gate, with an embarrassing total of four different recalls by year end covering safety-related issues—three of them potentially leading to fire, and/or rather catastrophic engine failure. It's true, however, that considering the high volumes this vehicle is produced in, these recalls covered a relatively small portion of Escapes made; and they're better caught early than when a significant number of these show up on the used-car market.

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  1. I can't get too worked up about recalls like a lot of people. If the manufacturer has found a safety problem or something that might fail early and gets on top of it I applaud them. There was a time when something that wasn't right was neglected and manufacturer corrected in the next years model. As for the previous years purchaser he or she was SOL. Unless you had a good dealer's service manager that would go to bat for you when it came to warranty. And then we are all aware of the old 'fix if it fails' warranty. There again a good dealer's Service Manager would get every owners car fixed.
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