Ford Offers Software Upgrade on Recalled Escape and Fusion Vehicles image

Ford announced it will install new software to fix the 90, 000 vehicles which were recalled for engine fire risks.

According to the automaker, the software fix will solve the issue for which 90,000 units of 2013 Escape and 2013 Fusion, with 1.6-liter engines, were recalled on November 30th. The vehicles were recalled after Ford received complains regarding fluid leaks caused by overheating, which eventually caused 13 fires, from which 12 in Escapes. No injuries were reported.

The company said that the original cooling system design couldn’t deal with a loss of coolant system pressure under certain conditions, and therefore the engineers will provide updates so that the cooling system will better manage the temperatures of the engines. From next week customers will find the software update at their dealer. The repairs might take a half-day and some vehicles might require some parts replacement.

“We remain absolutely committed to continuously improving and providing the highest-quality vehicles to our customers. When a potential issue is identified, we act promptly on behalf of our customers, as we did this time,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.

Ford recalled 15,833 Fusions and 73,320 Escapes, with 1.6-liter engines, sold in North America. This is the fourth recall Ford makes for its 2013 Escape since it was introduced in June.