December 13, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Ford Escape Engine Fire Hazard Recall

Ford has issued a recall of approximately 139,917 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011 through June 2, 2013 and equipped with 1.6L engines. Certain 2013 vehicles may contain an auto defect that can result in localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak. Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire.

This recall is expected to begin on January 23, 2014.  Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Ford directly at 1-866-436-7332 and reference safety recall no. 13S12.  Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V583000. 

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.