Ford, Honda issue recalls on 2013 models
This undated product file image provided by the Ford Motor Co. shows the 2013 Ford Escape. (AP / Ford Motor Co.)
Sandie Benitah, cp24.com
Published Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:19PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:28PM EDT
Ford Motor Co. has issued an urgent recall for Canadian and U.S. residents who drive a brand new Ford Escape.
The company is warning motorists not to drive the SUVs until an authorized dealer can fix the fuel line. The faulty fuel line can crack and spill gasoline, causing a risk of sparking an engine fire.
So far there have been three reports of fires – two of which occurred in a car factory and the other which happened while a customer was driving the vehicle.
No injuries have been reported.
"We are obviously taking very quick action in the interest of our customers' safety," Ford spokesperson Marcey Zwiebel told The Associated Press.
The 2013 Ford Escapes in question are all equipped with 1.6-litre four-cylinder engines.
The recall affects 11,500 vehicles though only 4,800 have been sold to customers in the U.S. and Canada. The rest are on dealer lots and will be repaired before they are put back up for sale.
Customers who need to bring back their vehicles are being told that they will be given a loaner until the SUV is fixed.
Meanwhile, another major car dealer reported a problem with their vehicles Thursday morning.
Honda Canada is recalling thousands of vehicles because of a problem with door latches and handles on some of their newer vehicles.
The company says it is voluntarily recalling about 20,920 CR-V vehicles from the 2012 model year and about 800 Acura ILX cars from the 2013 model year. Thousands more are being recalled in the U.S.
The problem specifically pertains to the latches on both front doors. Additionally, Honda says it needs to fix the interior front-door handles of some CR-V vehicles.
“Simultaneous operation of the driver's or front passenger's inner door handle and either the manual or power door lock may result in the inner door handle release cable becoming partially disengaged,” Honda said in a press release issued Thursday. “When this occurs the door may not latch when closed and/or the door may latch and close, but then open when the door locks are operated; either case may result in the affected door opening unexpectedly.”
Honda says there have been no reports of any injuries.
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