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2013 Ford Escape Recalls & Reliability

Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

Recalls

There have been 5 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGESRecall Date: 03/07/2013
  • Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Focus and C-Max vehicles built from November 16, 2012, through November 21, 2012; and model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from November 14, 2012, through November 21, 2012. The left rear door child lock was built incorrectly. As a result, the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal force to activate the child lock.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,675
  • Consequence: The operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged. However, the door may be opened from the inside, increasing the risk of injury to an unrestrained child.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected rear door latches, and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 27, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Notes: Ford's recall campaign number is 13S02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 13V085000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLINGRecall Date: 12/03/2012
  • Summary: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through November 26, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines; and 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012, through November 29, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines. The engines may overheat leading to fluid leaks that may come in contact with the hot exhaust system.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 80,057
  • Consequence: Fluid leaks in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot exhaust system may result in a fire.
  • Remedy: The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Until the recall remedy has been performed, Ford is advising owners to contact their dealer or call the Ford telephone hotline to arrange alternate transportation. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, December 7, 2012. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Notes: Ford's recall campaign number is 12S41. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 12V551000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLINGRecall Date: 09/04/2012
  • Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,146
  • Consequence: As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Notes: Ford's recall campaign number is 12S39. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 12V431000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGSRecall Date: 07/18/2012
  • Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 8, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine. These vehicles have an engine compartment fuel line which may split, resulting in a leak.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,320
  • Consequence: If this leak occurs in the presence of an ignition source, there is an increased risk of a fire and/or personal injury.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify and instruct owners to stop driving their vehicles and contact a Ford or Lincoln dealer to arrange pick-up of their vehicle. Customers will be provided with a rental vehicle if needed. The dealer will replace the engine compartment fuel line, free charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 20, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Notes: This is Ford recall number 12S35. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 12V336000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGESRecall Date: 07/02/2012
  • Summary: FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 8, 2012 THROUGH JUNE 7, 2012. DUE TO MIS-POSITIONED CARPET PADDING THE CENTER CONSOLE TRIM PANEL MAY BE PUSHED OUTBOARD OF THE INTENDED POSITION, REDUCING CLEARANCE RELATIVE TO THE PEDAL PACKAGE.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,266
  • Consequence: THE REDUCED CLEARANCE MAY RESULT IN THE DRIVER'S FOOT CONTACTING THE SIDE OF THE BRAKE PEDAL WHILE TRANSFERRING THE FOOT FROM THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL TO THE BRAKE PEDAL, INCREASING STOPPING DISTANCES AND THE RISK OF A CRASH.
  • Remedy: FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE CARPET PADDING AND LEFT-SIDE CONSOLE TRIM PANEL REPLACED WITH A NEW PANEL, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JULY 23, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
  • Notes: FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12S34. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 12V319000

Reliability

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Warranty

Ford covers the 2013 Escape with a warranty that is average for the class. It has a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and five-year/60,000-mile coverage for the powertrain and safety restraint system, as well as roadside assistance coverage that lasts for just as long. 

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