Oops, Ford did it again. This time consider it a meta-recall since it involves cars previously called back for the same issue.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) is recalling thousands of its Escape compact crossover vehicles, this time over concerns the vehicle’s engine compartment fuel line could leak causing fire risk. And in this case the recall affects nearly 9,500 units of the 2013 model that had previously been recalled because fuel line problems may not have been repaired the first time.
The current recall affects Escapes built between Oct. 5, 2011 and July 11, 2012. No injuries or fires have been confirmed.
In July 2012 Ford recalled the 2013 Escape over the fuel line problem while another 10,000 Escapes were called back for brake pedal problems. In September 2012, the 2013 model year Escape was the subject of another recall over the potential for leaking engine coolant that could have caught fire if the coolant’s water evaporated leaving behind volatile glycol.
Last year, Ford paid out a $17.4 million fine for not informing customers soon enough about a flaw in 423,000 Escapes built between 2001 and 2008 that could cause autonomous acceleration from a sticky gas pedal. Ford denied any wrongdoing, but paid the fine anyway.