LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Ford is recalling 11,500 new Escape SUVs because their engines could catch fire.
The recall was issued because the fuel lines on 2013 Ford Escapes can crack and leak.
Jonathan Linkov, managing editor for automobiles at Consumer Reports, says it’s a serious problem.
“Fuel lines that can leak, split and of course, you know, if it happens while the vehicle is running, you have a fire, or the possibility of a fire,” Linkov said.
The recall affects models with 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engines built from early April through July 11.
Ford is taking the unusual step of picking up the SUVs and leaving loaner cars with customers, according to CBSNews.com. The company has reported three incidents of fire – two at the factory and one while a customer was driving an Escape. No one was injured.
This is the second recall of the newly redesigned Escape in just a week. A few days ago, Ford warned that a carpet problem in the Escape could interfere with braking.