Ford, Honda Issue Voluntary Recalls
Ford has issued a voluntary recall on the 2013 Escape for a potentially faulty fuel line that could break, spilling fuel and possibly causing an engine fire. In a press release, Ford says the recall affects about 11,500 models built through June 11, 2012 that have the 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine. Escape models with other engines are not included in the recall. The automaker says there is no risk that the fuel line will break when the vehicle is not running.
Ray Nevi, assistant director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office, says, “it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer.” Ford is advising owners of the affected 2013 Escapes to not drive the vehicle until the repairs are performed and to call their Ford dealer as soon as possible to have it fixed.
This voluntary recall is separate from the government recall issued earlier in the week on the 2013 Escape for a problem with the proximity of the carpet padding to the brake and gas pedals. So far, there have been no injuries reported as a result of the faulty fuel line in the Escape. Ford will provide loaner vehicles to owners of affected Escapes that may be kept until repairs have been made. Your local dealer will also transport your Escape to the dealership to be fixed. Ford says the repair should take no more than an hour to perform, pending availability of parts. For more information, owners can visit www.fordowner.com or call Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Honda is voluntarily recalling the 2012 CR-V and 2013 Acura ILX for a problem with the door latches. In a press release, Honda says, “Simultaneous operation of the driver's or passenger's inner door handle and either the manual or power door lock may result in the inner door handle release cable becoming partially disengaged.” This could cause the doors to open unexpectedly.
Autoblog says, “… the recall casts a wide net over vehicles sold in North America and elsewhere around the world.” In the United States, about 166,000 2012 CR-Vs and 6,200 2013 Acura ILX models are affected. Honda will notify owners starting in mid-August to come in for repairs. CR-V owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com or call 1-800-999-1009 for more information, while Acura ILX owners can visit www.recalls.acura.com or call 1-800-382-2238.
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