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Recall Roundup: Ford Escape Recalls Issued Around Fire Fears

By: Jeff Youngs, 12/3/2013
This past week, the big recall news centered on the 2013 Ford Escape. Vehicles with the popular 1.6-liter turbocharged engine are going back to dealers to have potential fuel and oil leaks addressed. Additionally, Isuzu and Nissan announced relatively small recalls. The details, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), follow below.


2013 Ford Escape
Through two separate recalls, Ford is recalling nearly 150,000 units of its 2013 Escape to address potential fuel and oil leaks that could cause an engine compartment fire. All of the affected vehicles have a turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine.

In the larger of the two recalls, 139,917 Escapes built between October 5, 2011, and June 2, 2013, must return to dealerships. In these vehicles, the engine may experience localized overheating problems. This could lead to cracks in the cylinder head, which, in turn, could lead to an oil leak and possibly cause a fire. To resolve the problem, Ford dealers will revise engine shielding, cooling, and control systems starting January 23, 2014. The modifications will be made at no cost to the vehicle owner.

In the smaller of the two Escape recalls, 9,469 vehicles, built between October 5, 2011, and July 11, 2012, must return to dealerships for inspection of a fuel line that could prematurely wear and leak gasoline, potentially leading to a fire. These vehicles were previously recalled for fuel line repairs, and the repaired fuel lines may have been incorrectly installed. Starting January 23, 2014, Ford dealers will inspect the fuel lines and, if necessary, replace them at no cost to the owner.

Escape owners who have questions can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332. The larger NHTSA recall campaign ID number is 13V583, and the smaller recall is 13V584. Internally, Ford references them together under the number 13S12.


2003-2004 Isuzu Axiom and Rodeo
If you own a 2003-2004 Isuzu Axiom or Rodeo, or a 2003 Rodeo Sport, your SUV might be one of 8,816 vehicles heading back to dealers to resolve a suspension corrosion issue. In the affected vehicles, road salt may cause excessive corrosion near the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link. If that part detaches from the SUV's frame, vehicle handling is negatively impacted and could contribute to a crash.

This is a complicated recall. First, it is limited only to those vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in specific Rust Belt states. Second, Isuzu plans to offer owners one of three fixes to the problem, depending on the amount of corrosion dealers find. Owners are strongly urged to visit the NHTSA recall list detailing this particular recall. If questions remain after obtaining the details from the NHTSA, call Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727, and reference NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V547.


2013 Nissan NV200
Nissan is recalling 2,529 units of its new NV200 commercial van due to a wiring problem that could cause a short circuit that ultimately shuts down the engine's fuel pump, and the engine.

The affected vehicles were built from February 6, 2013, to August 2, 2013. Dealers will inspect and reposition the wiring harness that is the source of the problem, and also apply a protective coating to ensure that it does not wear and cause the short circuit. Repairs are expected to start in the middle of December 2013, and owners can call Nissan with questions at 1-800-647-7261, referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V521.

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