Ford has been forced to recall popular models of SUVs twice in recent weeks, but it seems the mysterious reason behind the engine overheating problem has been solved. A software glitch caused the problem and a patch is now available to fix the cooling system. The Ford Fusion and Escape affected by the recall can now be taken into dealers for the free of cost fix.
In November, over 89,000 vehicles were recalled in the United States and Canada due to an undiagnosed problem. 73,000 were 2013 SE or SEL model Escapes. The rest were 2013 Fusions, a hybrid model SUV. Each type of car had a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine that had an overheating problem. There are nine known reports of fires as a result.
It was another embarrassing addition to the list of recalls Ford issued this year. The Escape was also recalled in July for a fuel line leakage. That affected 11,500 vehicles. In that same month, 8,000 more Escapes had to be recalled for carpet padding issues. Then in September, the Escape was recalled again for more leakage issues, this time having to do with the coolant lines. This is apart from the 485,000 car recall for Escapes with sticking pedal problems.
Despite the problems, Escape is one of Ford’s more popular models. This year, the price tag was around $22,000 dollars. The company sold about 220,000 models over the past year. Fusion has enjoyed similar success, selling 207,000 vehicles in the past year.
While the persistence of recalls this year has plagued Ford, the manufacturer has at least been quick to find problems and notify the public. With recalls, the customer can bring in the affected vehicle for a free fix that neutralizes the problem. In most cases, the recalls were precautionary and no serious injury was reported. Ford urged customers to come into the dealership for replacement vehicles until a permanent fix could be found.
In a related recall, Phenix Enterprises is recalling 2009 and 2011 trucks with the Sure Power Battery Separator. These can be found in the Ford F-650, Freightliner and Isuzu trucks. The battery separators could overheat and create smoke or even a fire. The replacement is free of charge at a certified dealership.