WASHINGTON (July 24, 2012)—Ford Motor Co. is recalling 9,320 Ford Escape SUVs, model year 2013, for possible fuel line problems.
The vehicles in the recall have engine compartment fuel lines whose exterior surfaces may have been mechanically scored during manufacture, Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When installed onto a barbed connector fitting, a scored fuel line may develop a split that can result in a leak, the auto maker said.
TI Group Automotive Systems of Ashley, Ind., was the supplier of the fuel lines, Ford said.
Ford manufactured the recalled vehicles at its assembly plant in Louisville, Ky., between Oct. 8, 2011, and July 11, 2012, the company said. Ford first noticed a problem with the vehicles when a Ford employee at Louisville, driving a vehicle to the shipping lot, noticed an underhood fire, it said.
Ford will replace the fuel lines free of charge. It notified dealers of the recall July 18 and owners the week of July 20. The company is warning owners not to drive their vehicles until the replacement is made and advising them to contact their Ford or Lincoln dealers to arrange vehicle pickup. Ford will provide rental cars as needed.