It seems one 2013 Ford vehicle just can’t escape its bad luck – pun intended. Despite being on the road for just a couple of years, the relatively new 2013 Ford Escape SUV has been recalled 11 times as of mid-August 2014 – and that means plenty of frustration for its owners.
The 2013 Ford Escape is considered a compact crossover SUV. A recall announced in August 2014 was the vehicle’s 11th so far. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Recalling Recent History
The 2013 Ford Escape has had numerous problems. (Granted, it’s hard to say which would be worse, 11 failings to fix the same problem or 11 unique problems.) Among those issues are air bags that didn’t deploy on time, doors that flew open while the car was in motion, and the potential for oil to leak inside the engine and start a fire, according to Consumerist. Now the newest issue, announced in mid-August, is one that affects close to 160,000 vehicles – both Escape models and Focus ST models – in North America, Reuters reported. A faulty wiring harness could affect the power going to your engine. Although no crashes have been reported as of yet, the wiring problem poses a serious safety hazard.
How to Handle a Recall
Without question, recalls are frustrating. If you happen to drive a 2013 Ford Escape or another vehicle that’s been the subject of recalls, you need to know what to do next. First, don’t panic. A safety recall is something to take seriously, but don’t let yourself get so worried that it distracts you from driving safely or using caution in your other activities. Remember that just because you own a certain make and model doesn’t necessarily mean that your car is one of the recalled vehicles. Often, recalls involve only cars manufactured at a specific place or during a certain set of dates. If you don’t get a recall notice about your vehicle from the manufacturer or dealer, you can take matters into your own hands and check SaferCar.gov to see if your car is among the recalled vehicles. Make sure you have your vehicle identification number (VIN).
On the other hand, if your car is subject to a safety recall, don’t dismiss it. Doing so could cost you your life or the lives of the people you love. Contact your local dealership to find out when it will have the parts necessary for the repairs, and make your appointment as soon as possible. Remember, you don’t have to pay for the safety defect to be fixed, so there really is no good reason to wait.
For the sake of those drivers getting fed up with multiple recalls, let’s hope the 11th time is the charm for the 2013 Ford Escape. In a year overshadowed by large-scale recalls from seemingly every major automaker, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to find the same models in need of repairs more than once. Hopefully the massive numbers of recalls are a step in the right direction – a step toward making cars properly and catching potential safety defects before they ever make it out onto the road.