Ford is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving certain 2001-2002 model year Ford Escape compact SUVs equipped with anti-lock brake systems (ABS) over concerns that the brake master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 244,530. Affected vehicles were manufactured at Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant from October 22, 1999 through July 19, 2002.
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The NHTSA notice indicates that if brake fluid leaks, it could come into contact with the ABS module wiring harness connector. Corrosion could develop in the electrical connector, which could then lead to melting, smoke or a fire.
The fix is that Ford dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cap and the ABS electrical system will be modified. While Ford expects to begin owner notification the week of January 23, 2012, sufficient parts may not be available at that time to commence repairs. If that is the case, Ford will instruct owners to park their vehicles outside until the parts do become available.
Owners of 2001-2002 Ford Escape SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Reference the Ford safety recall campaign number 11S24. This recall is related to 07V-156, conducted in April 2007, in which Ford recalled vehicles to address potentially missing or misplaced seals in the wiring harness connector to the ABS module electronic control unit.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V005000.