Ford Motor Co. recently recalled about 11,500 Ford Escape SUVs due to fire hazards caused by faulty fuel lines that were supplied by TI Automotive. According to Reuters, some of the fuel lines were “mechanically scored” at TI Automotive’s plant in Ashley, Indiana. The cuts on the surface of the fuel lines could split open and leak, which could result in engine fires.
Ford has instructed owners of the 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter engines to stop driving their vehicles until the problem can be resolved. TI Automotive has repaired the manufacturing defect and continues to make fuel lines for the 2013 Ford Escape. The recall only affects 2013 Ford Escapes with a 1.6 liter engine. Escape models with a 2.0 or 2.5-liter engine were not affected by the recall.
The recalled vehicles were manufactured at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant from October 8, 2011 to July 11, 2012. About 2,800 of the recalled Ford Escape have already been sold to customers in the United States and Canada, with the remaining recalled vehicles still on dealer lots.
Ford dealers will transport customers’ recalled 2013 Escapes to the dealership for necessary repairs and provide customers with a loaner vehicle. Ford has agreed to pay dealers up to $660 per vehicle to cover the costs associated with correcting the defect and providing the customer with a loaner vehicle while repairs are being made.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, but incidents of engine fires have been reported. On June 9, a Ford employee observed a fire under the hood after driving an Escape from Ford’s Louisville plant to the nearby Kentucky Truck Plant. On June 18, an Escape owner in Canada reported an engine fire. On July 11, another Ford employee reported a fire when driving an Escape from Louisville.
Ford is not alone in recalling vehicles due to fire hazards. As we reported, Chrysler recently recalled about 68,000 of its 2010 Jeep Wranglers due to fire hazards associated with a skid plate that is too close to the vehicle’s catalytic converter.
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may also wish to consult with an attorney. The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehicles. Contact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneys at (312) 600-0000 if you would like more information on recalled vehicles.