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Ford Escapes recalled for 11th time

Brand new Ford Escape compact crossover vehicles are displayed at Serramonte Ford on July 16, 2014 in Colma, CA.
Brand new Ford Escape compact crossover vehicles are displayed at Serramonte Ford on July 16, 2014 in Colma, CA.Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Ford Motor Co. just can’t seem to escape trouble when it comes to the 2013 Escape crossover. The company has just announced its 11th recall involving 159,395 Escapes and Focus ST hatchbacks from the 2013 and 2014 model years with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines. The problem this time is centered on a glitch with the wiring harnesses, which “ “may have “splices that were insufficiently compressed during the supplier manufacturing process.” As a result they could send the wrong signals to the powertrain control module causing the engines to hesitate or stall.

The recall covers 142,041 Escapes made between October 2011-April 2013 with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines in the Unites States, Canada and Mexico, made between October 2011-April 2013, as well as 17,354 Focus ST hatchbacks manufactured between February 2012-October 2013. According to a Ford spokesperson, the engine wiring harnesses may have “splices that were insufficiently compressed during the supplier manufacturing process,” which can affect engine performance by sending incorrect signals to the powertrain control module.

Past callbacks have involved fluid leaks (which could ignite engine fires), airbags that might not deploy properly, and doors that pop open while the vehicle is in motion, etc., making Escape one of the most recalled vehicles in America. Amazingly, this however does not seem to phase consumers who continue to buy them, making the Escape the “second most popular” crossover and Ford’s 3rd best selling vehicle with a 19% gain in sales last month alone. Only the Honda CR-V seems to be selling slightly better.

Other new Ford recalls include 1,319 2015 model year Transit cargo vans due to a potential brake-fluid leak, which could “increase the vehicle’s stopping distance”; 610 Transits to fix windowless sliding doors that may have been assembled without an epoxy reinforcement; and 1,274 Lincoln MKC crossovers because of defective windshields that may have been manufactured in a way that allowed air to become trapped between the glass layers causing bubbling that could obstruct driver visibility.