Recall 12V551000

Fluid Leaks Due to Engine Overheating

Recall Details

Vehicles equipped with a 1.6L engine can experience an engine overheating condition. As the engine overheats, fluid leaks can develop. If leaking fluid comes into contact with the hot exhaust system, a fire could result. The remedy for this recall is still under development. At this time Ford is advising owners of affected vehicles to contact their dealer.

Our Quick Take

Vehicles equipped with the 1.6L 4 cylinder engine may develop an engine overheating condition that can lead to fluid leaks and possibly an engine fire. 

What Should You Do?

Ford will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning December 7, 2012. If you are experiencing 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. The Ford recall number is 12S41.

Engine, December 03, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 03, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through November 26, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines; and 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012, through November 29, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines. The engines may overheat leading to fluid leaks that may come in contact with the hot exhaust system.
Fluid leaks in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot exhaust system may result in a fire.
The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Until the recall remedy has been performed, Ford is advising owners to contact their dealer or call the Ford telephone hotline to arrange alternate transportation. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, December 7, 2012. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
Ford's recall campaign number is 12S41. 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
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