Hot on the heels of recalling the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans, Ford Motor Company has issued another recall -- this time for the Ford Escape SUV.
A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that the Escape recall is due to a faulty brake master cylinder reservoir cap. In certain cases, that cap can leak brake fluid, which may drip down onto the wiring that controls the anti-lock braking system. Over time, the leak may cause corrosion of the electrical connectors, which could result in melting of the wires, or in some cases, a fire.
The recall affects Ford Escapes from the 2001 and 2002 model years that were manufactured between October 22, 1999 and July 19, 2002. The NHTSA says that some 244,530 SUVs are included in the recall, which is related to a larger investigation of Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes from the 2001 - 2004 model years.
This recall will roll out much faster than the one for the Freestar and Monterey. Owners of affected vehicles should expect to receive notification on or shortly after January 23. However, Ford says that the parts necessary to repair the Escape may not be available quite so quickly. If that's the case, Ford will ask Escape owners to park their vehicles outside until parts arrive -- presumably to ensure that potential fires don't spread to garages and other structures.
If you believe that you own one of the affected vehicles, we encourage you to contact your local dealer, or call Ford's Customer Relationship Center at 866-436-7332 and ask about recall 11S24. Alternately, you can ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about recall campaign #12V005000.