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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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