Paul A. Eisenstein writing for the Detroit Bureau documented another Ford
Motor Co. problem. Ford is telling its owners of an estimated 11,500 new
Escapes to park their vehicles until they can be repaired by dealers due
to potential fuel line leaks that could cause fires.
Some years ago Ford had another vehicle that was prone to burst into flames
whenever struck in the back. Some of you may remember the Ford Pinto.
This incident became a huge litigation affair when Ford decided to stone-wall
In this most recent case they have taken a much more sensible tack and
reported the problem to their customer’s without waiting for the
National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) to issue a recall.
It just makes sense. Anything related to the fuel system of any manufacturer’s
vehicle must be taken very seriously indeed. Questions of risk versus
cost to repair should never enter an equation of life and death.
Says Eisenstein, “The latest Ford Escape recall specifically targets
new 2013 models equipped with the maker’s 1.6-liter engine. Other
versions are not involved in the recall, in which Ford takes the unusual
step of asking owners to not drive the vehicle until repairs can be made.
Dealers will provide a loaner vehicle at no charge and handle transporting
the vehicles to service bays for repairs.”
We would rather Ford go ahead and fix this problem, and they seem to be
doing that. However, individual dealerships sometimes operate to the beat
of their own drummer, and not to that of the consumer. If you, as an owner
of a 2013 Ford Escape are not getting the warning and help with this problem
you feel proper, give us a call here at Norman Taylor & Associates.
When it comes to the
California Lemon Law we know how to help.