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2013 Ford Escapes becomes the subject of two recalls

Wisconsin motorists who drive 2013 Ford Escapes may be alarmed to know that their vehicles could be among the 140,000 or more included in a late November recall. The affected cars have a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter EcoBoost engines whose defects have already led to 13 separate vehicle fires. Ford said that the vehicle's engine cylinder heads could overheat and crack in some areas thus allowing oil to exit the engine and make its way to hot surfaces where it could ignite.

Although Ford said that the problems hadn't directly contributed to any serious car accidents resulting in injuries, they said that by enhancing the control, shielding and cooling systems, the issues with the engine would be resolved. Reports noted that Ford doesn't participate in routinely announcing its recalls unless people make specific information requests through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Ford recall also applied to almost 10,000 vehicles whose fuel systems were supposedly fixed after a separate recall notice. Even after repairs, however, these cars continued to run a risk of fuel leaks, but reports didn't specify whether any accidents had resulted from these issues.

Defective vehicle parts could contribute to a litany of problems. Before the damaged components are fixed, they may result in other internal damage that renders vehicles unsafe. In addition to paying high repair costs for interrelated problems, victims of car accidents due to defective auto parts may file a lawsuit to compensate them for their injuries. By pursuing damages from manufacturers, these individuals may be able to reduce their medical expenses. An attorney may offer guidance concerning the legal and procedural aspects of filing lawsuits.

Source: NY Times, "Ford Discloses Two New Recalls for the 2013 Escape", Christopher Jensen, November 26, 2013

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