Ford Acts Promptly for Customer Safety by Recalling 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter Engines and 2013 Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines

    Ford Acts Promptly for Customer Safety by Recalling 2013 Escapes with
    1.6-liter Engines and 2013 Fusions with 1.6-liter Engines for Risk of
                 Overheating That May Result in Engine Fires

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord Motor Company is acting on behalf of its customers by conducting a
    voluntary safety recall of 2013 SE and SEL model Ford Escape vehicles
    equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 SE and SEL model Fusions
    equipped with the1.6-liter engine
  oThe recall comes after reports of engines overheating, followed by vehicle
    fires starting in the engine compartment when the engine is running; no
    injuries have been reported
  oFord is advising owners of these vehicles to contact their dealer
    immediately for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer;
    U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may
    call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation
  oRepair procedures are not currently available
  oCustomers can determine whether their vehicle is part of the recall by:

       oChecking their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); the
         eighth character will be an "X" on Escapes or an "R" on Fusions,
       oLogging onto Ford.com, select the "Support" tab, click "View Notices
         and Recalls" and input their VIN, or
       oCalling the numbers listed above or contact their dealer

  oEscapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are
    unaffected as are Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F)today announced a voluntary safety recall of 2013
Ford Escape SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and 2013 Ford
Fusion SE and SEL models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine.

Ford estimates that there are approximately 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions
produced and distributed for sale in the U.S. and Canada with 1.6-liter
engines, with most in the U.S. market. The issue does not affect 2013 Escape
or 2013 Fusion models with other engines.

Customers driving 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine and
2013 Fusion models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine are advised to contact
their dealer as soon as possible to arrange for alternative transportation at
no charge. Repair procedures are not currently available.

Ford is voluntarily recalling these vehicles because of reports of engine
overheating, resulting in engine fires while the engine is running. No
injuries have been reported.

Some drivers who have experienced high engine temperatures followed by engine
fires say that their clusters have shown the message "Engine Power Reduced to
Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely." Some also indicated that
their instrument clusters sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.

Drivers who see any of these indications should safely pull off the road as
soon as possible, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle. Ford will
compensate owners for costs tied to overheating as well.

"We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of
our customers," said Steve Kenner, director of Ford's Automotive Safety
Office. "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and
contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience
recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to
help ensure their safety."

Ford is working on a repair procedure. When parts are available, the company
will notify customers so they can schedule a service appointment with dealers.

Meanwhile, Ford is advising affected owners to contact a Ford dealer as soon
as possible for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S.
owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call
888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.

Customers can see if they are affected by the recall by:

  oChecking their 17-digit VIN, located on a label on the driver door
    opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver's side of their
    vehicle, or on their vehicle registration. In vehicles with 1.6-liter
    engines, the eighth character will be "X" on Escapes or "R" on Fusions;
  oLogging onto Ford.com, click "View Notices and Recalls" in the "Support"
    tab and input their VIN to determine if their vehicle is part of the
    recall;
  oCalling 866-436-7332 in the U.S. or 888-222-7814 in Canada; or
  oContacting a Ford dealer

Escapes equipped with 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected.
Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter and hybrid engines are also unaffected –
as are all Titanium models.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company  a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn,
Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With
about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive
brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services
through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its
products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Said Deep, +1-313-594-0942, sdeep@ford.com