Recall Roundup: 2013 Ford Escapes Should Not Be Driven, Plus Acura, Honda & VW
- 07/19/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched issued several recalls recently, most notably being a fire risk great enough that owners of the 2013 Ford Escape should stop driving them immediately.
The 2013 Ford Escape (shown here) is being recalled for a problem with models equipped with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which has an engine fuel line that could split and leak fuel, causing an underhood fire. No other Escape models are affected, nor are any other Ford models that share the 1.6-liter engine. While no injuries have been reported, Ford is advising owners of Escapes with the affected engine to stop driving their vehicles immediately and to contact their local dealer. Dealers will deliver a loaner car to the owner and will transport their Escape to the dealership to replace the fuel line. Approximately 11,500 Escapes are affected, and Ford estimates that all vehicles can be repaired within two weeks. Ford issued a recall on the 2013 Ford Escape earlier this week for a carpet problem that could interfere with the operation of the brake and accelerator pedals.
In other recall news, American Honda is recalling its 2013 Acura ILX and 2012 Honda CR-V for a problem with the front doors that could cause the doors to open unexpectedly. In both vehicles the front door latches need to be replaced, while some interior front door handles may also need replacement in CR-V models. About 6,200 Acura ILX cars and 166,000 CR-Vs are affected.
Finally, Volkswagen has issued a recall of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle due to a possible problem with the tires that don't comply to the federal standards. Only 46 vehicles equipped with summer tires are affected. To complete the repair, Volkswagen will replace the tires.
Owners of all cars affected by recalls will be notified by mail by the manufacturer. Consumers who are concerned that their car is affected can find more information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by searching for their car here or by calling the toll-free number in their owner's manual.