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Stop Driving 2013 Ford Escapes; Company Warns Of Possible Engine Fire

2013 Ford Escape. (Credit: Ford Motor Co.)

2013 Ford Escape. (Credit: Ford Motor Co.)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Ford Motor Co. today told owners of certain 2013 Ford Escapes to stop driving the vehicles because of a risk of an engine fire.

The affected vehicles have 1.6-liter engines and were built through July 11, 2012.

Escapes with 2.0-liter and 2.5 liter engines are not affected, Ford said in a statement.

Ford said an engine compartment fuel line could split and leak fuel, potentially resulting in a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Owners of the 11,500 affected vehicles need to contact their dealership immediately for repairs.

Dealers will deliver a loaner vehicle to customers and will then transport their 2013 Escape to the dealership until the repair has been completed.

The repair should take about an hour, Ford said.

Ford dealers will stop delivering 2013 Escape vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter engines until the issue has been resolved

Customers may get further information about these and other recalls at http://www.fordowner.com or they may contact Ford’s Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

Ford has a manufacturing facility on Chicago’s South Side, but it does not produce Escapes, Ford’s popular small sport utility vehicle.