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    89,000 Fusion owners park cars due to Engine Fire


    • Today Ford warned 89,193 owners of 2013 Ford Escape and Ford Fusions with the 1.6 liter turbo to park their cars till ford can have them towed in for service due to engine fire risk. This marks the third recall on the 1/6 liter turbo engines that is Fords cornerstone engine to lure buyers to American brands.


    November 30, 2012

    G. David Felt

    Staff Writer - Alternative Energy - CheersandGears.com

    Today Ford warned 89,193 owners of 2013 Ford Escape and Ford Fusions with the 1.6 liter turbo to park their cars till ford can have them towed in for service due to engine fire risk. This marks the third recall on the 1/6 liter turbo engines that is Fords cornerstone engine to lure buyers to American brands.

    Unlike fords last recall on these auto's which they promised to fix in two weeks of the last recall, this recall has no estimate of repair and Ford has promised to cover auto rentals till they figure out a fix.

    Ford says no injuries have been linked to this new problem, but until they figure out the cause, they are stopping production and parking all existing auto's with 1.6 liter turbo 4 engines to understand the problem.

    Press Release on Page 2


    Ford Acts Promptly for Customer Safety by Recalling 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter Engines and 2013 Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines for Risk of Overheating That May Result in Engine Fires

    • Ford Motor Company is acting on behalf of its customers by conducting a voluntary safety recall of 2013 SE and SEL model Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 SE and SEL model Fusions equipped with the 1.6-liter engine
    • The recall comes after reports of engines overheating, followed by vehicle fires starting in the engine compartment when the engine is running; no injuries have been reported
    • Ford is advising owners of these vehicles to contact their dealer immediately for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation
    • Repair procedures are not currently available
    • Customers can determine whether their vehicle is part of the recall by:
      • Checking their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); the eighth character will be an “X” on Escapes or an “R” on Fusions,
      • Logging onto Ford.com, select the “Support” tab, click “View Notices and Recalls” and input their VIN, or
      • Calling the numbers listed above or contact their dealer

      [*]Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected as are Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines

    DEARBORN, Mich., November 30, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today announced a voluntary safety recall of 2013 Ford Escape SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Ford Fusion SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine.

    Ford estimates that there are approximately 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter engines, with most in the U.S. market. The issue does not affect 2013 Escape or 2013 Fusion models with other engines.

    Customers driving 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Fusion models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine are advised to contact their dealer as soon as possible to arrange for alternative transportation at no charge. Repair procedures are not currently available.

    Ford is voluntarily recalling these vehicles because of reports of engine overheating, resulting in engine fires while the engine is running. No injuries have been reported.

    Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by engine fires say that their clusters have shown the message “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.” Some also indicated that their instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.

    Drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle. Ford will compensate owners for costs tied to overheating as well.

    “We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers,” 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. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety.”

    Ford is working on a repair procedure. When parts are available, the company will notify customers so they can schedule a service appointment with dealers.

    Meanwhile, Ford is advising affected owners to contact a Ford dealer as soon as possible for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.

    Customers can see if they are affected by the recall by:

    • Checking their 17-digit VIN, located on a label on the driver door opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side of their vehicle, or on their vehicle registration. In vehicles with 1.6-liter engines, the eighth character will be “X” on Escapes or “R” on Fusions;
    • Logging onto Ford.com, click “View Notices and Recalls” in the “Support” tab and input their VIN to determine if their vehicle is part of the recall;
    • Calling 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada; or
    • Contacting a Ford dealer

    Escapes equipped with 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected. Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines are also unaffected – as are all Titanium models.

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    Recalls always stink.

    But what is strange here...no real world fires for the Volt, only 1-2 in a bizarre test facility. Here there have been 13 out with real owners, and we'll see how the news plays it up if at all. The goal is simply to fix what the issue is and PR cover it well.

    Driving my first turbo myself now with the Regal GS, I'm more and more interested in them, and it appears Ford is pushing the limit in ways with some going to the absolute smallest displacement possible and then running hotter. Clearly they've engineered and tested the heck out of them, but you should not have a new introduction like this and then all of a sudden there's a new overheating issue and liquid spillage Bob & Jane out in ABC-ville are running into that you didn't in years of testing, and theirs catches on fire too.

    Weird issue. The engineer in me would like to dig one apart and see where the abnormality is, and what is actually spilling out when overheating to spark a flame.

    Interesting stuff. Now, where will Ford dealers find 89,000 loaners...well, not that many as they haven't sold that many of the cars yet, but still. Enterprise should soon be very busy.

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    I have in searching around on chat forums keep seeing a common posted comment that the engines are fine as long as you keep them clean. Get a messy oil change job and the spilled oil with the intense heat and whoosh, engine fire.

    If this is true, I wonder how do you fix human messyness. I know I am very paticular about my engines being clean like new, but most are not and they should ahve tested for this.

    Heat plus flammable liquids always go up in smoke and flame.

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    Sounds like they need more heat shields.....a packaging issue? Too much flammable black plastic crap too close to stuff that gets very hot?

    Since I have not actually seen the engine other than press releases, I would have to agree that maybe they are missing some heat/protective shields and too much plastic cladding that cannot handle the engine heat.

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