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Escape owners told to park 1.6-liter, four-cylinder version

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. is telling owners of one version of the brand-new Ford Escape not to drive the SUVs until dealers can fix fuel lines that can crack and spill gasoline, causing engine fires.

The company issued the unusual warning on Thursday and said it is recalling 2013 Escapes equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines. Dealers will pick up the Escapes and drop off a loaner car that customers can use until the repairs are finished. The company is hoping to ship parts and get all the SUVs repaired in the next two weeks.

Ford says it has three reports of fires: two at the factory and one while a customer was driving an Escape. No one has been injured.

The recall affects 11,500 Escapes in the U.S. and Canada. Only 4,800 have been sold to customers.

Escapes powered by other engines are not affected, nor are other Ford models with 1.6-liter engines, spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said.

This is the second recall of the redesigned Escape, which went on sale in June. On Saturday, the company said it would recall more than 10,000 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could interfere with braking.

The new Escape is among Ford’s top-selling vehicles. People bought 28,500 last month, up 28 percent from June 2011.

Honda recalls 321,000 CR-Vs, Acuras to fix doors

DETROIT – Honda began recalling more than 321,000 small SUVs and cars across the globe Thursday because the doors may not close.

The recall affects 314,000 CR-V small SUVs from the 2012 model year and about 7,300 Acura ILX small luxury cars from the 2013 model year.

Honda said that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used.

The company said no crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem.

The recall includes 166,600 CR-Vs and more than 6,200 ILXs in the U.S.

Honda said dealers will inspect the cars and fix them if needed. Owners should get letters from the company starting in mid-August.


 

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