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Ford has announced it is recalling Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans citing concerns that the engines can overheat and cause fires. The Ford recall will affect more than 89,000 vehicles.
The recall affects 2013 model year Escapes and Fusions equipped with 1.6-liter turbocharged engines that were sold in the U.S. and Canada, reports the Associated Press.
Ford reportedly does not yet have a solution to the problem, but the company has asked owners to contact dealers to receive a free loaner car until the repairs can be made, according to the AP.
The cause of the fire risk is believed to be the engines overheating and leaking fluids onto other hot parts. Ford does not yet know what is triggering the overheating problems or which fluids are leaking.
This recall is the fourth recall in the last four months affecting the newly redesigned Ford Escape compact SUV. This model has only been on the market since the spring. So far, some of the problems affecting the vehicle include problems with coolant leaks, cracked fuel lines, and carpet padding, the AP reports.
Owners of these cars can reasonably be concerned that they may have purchased a lemon.
There have not been any reports of anyone being injured in the car engine fires. However, a Ford spokesman says that they received 12 reports of fires in Escapes and one report of a fire in a Fusion.
The recall affects Fusions and Escapes with "SE" and "SEL" packages. Models with different engines are not subject to the recall. About 73,000 Escapes and 16,000 Fusions are affected, reports the AP.
Consumers can learn more about the recall on Ford's website. If you are unsure if your vehicle is affected, you can type in your vehicle's VIN number on the website. Consumers can also call Ford at (866) 436-7332 in the United States.
If you have been injured by a Ford engine fire, you may want to contact a product liability attorney to learn your rights to collect damages. You may be able to collect damages both for your physical injuries as well as monetary compensation to replace your car.