Recalls for 2013 Ford Escape

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Recall Number: 14V597000

Recall Date: 09/26/2014

Component: SEAT BELTS

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short.

Consequence: The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. The recall began on May 26,2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21.

Recall Number: 14V597000

Recall Date: 09/26/2014

Component: AIR BAGS

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short.

Consequence: The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. The recall began on May 26,2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21.

Recall Number: 14V597000

Recall Date: 09/26/2014

Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short.

Consequence: The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. The recall began on May 26,2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21.

Recall Number: 14V495000

Recall Date: 08/11/2014

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines and Focus ST vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to October 14, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM).

Consequence: The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S17.

Recall Number: 14V237000

Recall Date: 05/07/2014

Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 C-MAX, and Escape vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the restraint control module (RCM) may have errors in the programming software which may result in a delayed deployment of the side-curtain rollover air bag.

Consequence: If the side-curtain rollover air bag is delayed in deploying in certain rollover circumstances, the risk of injury to the passengers is increased.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RCM, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S04.

Recall Number: 14V239000

Recall Date: 05/07/2014

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through April 10, 2014. Due to an assembly misalignment between the exterior door handle and the door outer panel, the affected vehicles have doors that may be difficult to close or may possibly open while driving.

Consequence: A door that opens unexpectedly may result in an unrestrained occupant falling from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S03.

Recall Number: 14V237000

Recall Date: 05/07/2014

Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 C-MAX, and Escape vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the restraint control module (RCM) may have errors in the programming software which may result in a delayed deployment of the side-curtain rollover air bag.

Consequence: If the side-curtain rollover air bag is delayed in deploying in certain rollover circumstances, the risk of injury to the passengers is increased.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RCM, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S04.

Recall Number: 14V164000

Recall Date: 04/02/2014

Component: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013, and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013. The driver and passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame. The affected seat backs may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems."

Consequence: The back of the subject seats may become loose or lean while driving and potentially increase the risk of injury in certain crashes.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seatback, free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14C03.

Recall Number: 13V584000

Recall Date: 11/25/2013

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Problem Summary: FORD MOTOR COMPANY (FORD) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 5, 2011, THROUGH JULY 11, 2012, AND EQUIPPED WITH A 1.6L ENGINE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SAFETY RECALL NHTSA 12V-336. IN SOME CASES, THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT FUEL LINE MAY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED INCORRECTLY WHEN REPAIRED UNDER THE PRIOR RECALL. THE MISINSTALLED FUEL LINE COULD CHAFE AND EVENTUALLY LEAK FUEL.

Consequence: A FUEL LEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE MAY RESULT IN A FIRE.

What Owners Should Do: FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT FUEL LINE, AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE IT, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN BY JANUARY 23, 2014. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332. FORD'S RECALL NUMBER IS 13S12.

Recall Number: 13V583000

Recall Date: 11/25/2013

Component: ENGINE

Problem Summary: FORD MOTOR COMPANY (FORD) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED OCTOBER 5, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 2, 2013 AND EQUIPPED WITH 1.6L ENGINES. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE LOCALIZED OVERHEATING OF THE ENGINE CYLINDER HEAD WHICH MAY CAUSE CRACKS THAT COULD ALLOW OIL TO LEAK.

Consequence: LEAKING ENGINE OIL MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH A HOT ENGINE SURFACE POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.

What Owners Should Do: FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE ENGINE SHIELDING, COOLING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN BY JANUARY 23, 2014. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332. FORD'S RECALL NUMBER IS 13S12.

Recall Number: 13V085000

Recall Date: 03/07/2013

Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

Problem 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.

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.

What Owners Should Do: FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE AFFECTED REAR DOOR LATCHES, AND REPLACE THEM AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN MARCH 25, 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.

Recall Number: 12V551000

Recall Date: 12/03/2012

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Problem Summary: THIS IS AN UPDATE TO A RECENTLY ANNOUNCED RECALL. FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 5, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 26, 2012, EQUIPPED WITH 1.6L ENGINES, AS WELL AS CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 FUSION VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 3, 2012, THROUGH NOVEMBER 29, 2012, EQUIPPED WITH 1.6L ENGINES. COOLANT SYSTEM LEAKS MAY CAUSE THE ENGINES TO OVERHEAT AND LEAK FLAMMABLE ENGINE FLUIDS.

Consequence: IF FLAMMABLE ENGINE FLUIDS COME IN CONTACT WITH THE VEHICLE¿S HOT EXHAUST SYSTEM, A VEHICLE FIRE COULD OCCUR.

What Owners Should Do: FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE ENGINE FOR COOLANT SYSTEM LEAKS AND REPROGRAM THE VEHICLE¿S POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE AND INSTRUMENT CLUSTER WITH AN UPDATED CALIBRATION AND OVERHEAT STRATEGY SOFTWARE. THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE TO OWNERS FOR THIS SERVICE. OWNERS WERE RECENTLY NOTIFIED TO CONTACT DEALERS TO ARRANGE FOR ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION AS FORD DEVELOPED A REMEDY. OWNERS WILL BE SHORTLY RECEIVING NOTIFICATIONS TO CONTACT FORD DEALERS TO SCHEDULE THE FREE REMEDY REPAIR. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.

Recall Number: 12V431000

Recall Date: 09/04/2012

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Problem 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.

Consequence: AS LEAKING ENGINE COOLANT EVAPORATES ON THE HOT ENGINE, THE GLYCOL MAY IGNITE CAUSING AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE.

What Owners Should Do: FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL SEAL THE EXISTING PLUG AND ADD A SECONDARY PLUG COVER, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.

Recall Number: 12V336000

Recall Date: 07/18/2012

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Problem Summary: FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 5, 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.

Consequence: IF THIS LEAK OCCURS IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, THERE IS AN INCREASED RISK OF A FIRE AND/OR PERSONAL INJURY.

What Owners Should Do: 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.

Recall Number: 12V319000

Recall Date: 07/06/2012

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES

Problem 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.

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.

What Owners Should Do: 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.

Recall Number: 12V319000

Recall Date: 07/06/2012

Component: STRUCTURE

Problem 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.

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.

What Owners Should Do: 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.

Recall Number: 00V367000

Recall Date: 11/06/2000

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Problem Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 1995 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE 2.0L AND 2.5L ENGINES, AND 1996 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5L ENGINES. TIGHTENING OF THE ENGINE COOLING FAN MOTOR BEARINGS, UP TO AND INCLUDING MOTOR STALL, CAN RESULT IN INCREASED MOTOR TORQUE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL MOTOR CURRENT AND ACCOMPANYING HIGH MOTOR TEMPERATURES.

Consequence: OVERHEATING OF THE COOLING FAN MOTOR DUE TO EXCESSIVE CURRENT CAN RESULT IN SMOKE AND ODORS FROM BEARING GREASE, INSULATION AND OTHER INTERNAL MOTOR COMPONENTS. IF ELECTRICAL CURRENT CONTINUES TO BE APPLIED TO THE MOTOR, INTERNAL MOTOR COMPONENTS COULD IGNITE POSSIBLY IGNITING OTHER ENGINE COMPARTMENT COMPONENTS.

What Owners Should Do: DEALERS WILL INSTALL A POSITIVE TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT DEVICE IN-LINE WITH EACH FAN MOTOR. FORD WILL ALSO EXTEND THE WARRANTY ON THE ENGINE COOLING FAN ASSEMBLY TO A TOTAL OF 8 YEARS OF SERVICE OR 100,000 MILES FROM THE WARRANTY START DATE, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. IF THE VEHICLE ALREADY HAS MORE THAN 100,000 MILES, THIS COVERAGE WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 31, 2001.

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