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Recall 12V431000

Engine Coolant Leak and/or Overheating

Recall Details

On vehicles equipped with 1.6L engines, the cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged, resulting in significant loss of engine coolant. As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite, causing an engine compartment fire. An engine overheating condition could also occur. Dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover to correct this concern. The Ford recall number is 12S39.

 

Our Quick Take

Vehicle may develop a significant coolant leak from the engine area.

What Should You Do?

Ford will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning September 10, 2012. If you notice a coolant leak or an engine overheating condition, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Affected Cars

Engine, September 4, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 4, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
6,146
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V431000
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant.
Consequence
As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Notify
Ford's recall campaign number is 12S39. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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