Ford Motor Company has recalled its 2013 Escape Utility Vehicle, for the third time. Ford citing an improperly installed part that could trigger a fire in the engine compartment as the reason for the recall. This recall affects about 7,600 escapes, most of which were sold in the U.S. with a 1.6 liter Eco-Boost engine. The SUVs were manufactured between October 5, 2011 and August 31 2012.
The company has stated that fewer than .4% of the Escape models recalled, have the issue of the cup plug on the engine cylinder head coming loose, causing a loss of engine coolant, which leads to overheating. The ethylene glycol in the coolant may combust, causing the fire.
Ford discovered the issue when an Escape caught fire at a car dealership in Nashville Tennessee, the cup plug was discovered dislodged.
Replacement parts are available at Ford dealerships.