Ford Recalls Escapes, Fusions Over Engine Fire Risk

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DETROIT (KTLA) — Ford is recalling two of its best-selling 2013 models because of a danger of engine fires.

Over 73,000 Escape SUV and nearly 16,000 Fusions are being voluntarily recalled after the company received reports of engine overheating resulting in fires while the vehicle is still running.

Vehicles affected are equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. The issues does not affect models with other engines.

No injuries have been reported, but the Associated Press said as many as 13 vehicles have caught fire.

According to Ford,  drivers who had engine troubles reported seeing “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely” error messages and sounds.  The company advises anyone who sees these indications to pull over immediately and turn off the engine.

“While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety,” said Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office.

“It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible.”

Ford is working on a repair procedure and until improved parts are available, the company will provide customers with loaner vehicles at no cost.

Customers can see if they are affected by contacting their nearest Ford dealer or by calling (866) 436-7332.

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