Ford issues third recall for the Escape SUV, new fire risk invoked image

Ford Motor Company today issued a third recall of its fresh 2013 Escape SUV, citing a fire risk.

The carmaker said an improperly installed part could cause a fire in the engine compartment.

This latest recall action involves 7, 600 Escapes equipped with a 1.6-liter engine and built between October 5 2011 and August 31 2012. According to Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel, a component called a cup plug was not installed properly in some of these vehicles. If loose or dislodged, the cup plug would cause an immediate loss of engine coolant, which may catch fire when in contact with the hot engine components.

The latest Escape recall is the second due to a fire risk. The first recall occurred in July, when Ford addressed a carpeting flaw that could cause braking problems. Only days later, Ford recalled the Escape again, citing a fuel line problem that could cause an engine fire. In this case, the carmaker instructed owners to stop driving immediately, something that rarely happens.

The Ford spokeswoman added that the cup plug defect is not related to the fuel line issue. According to the carmaker, there is a low likelihood of a plug dislodging and an “even lower likelihood” of a fire.