Documents reveal new details of Escape recall, defective part made in Indiana

Documents reveal new details of Escape recall, defective part made in Indiana

Documents reveal new details of Escape recall, defective part made in Indiana

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Documents filed by Ford Motor Company with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that defective fuel lines which triggered an intense recall of Louisville made Ford Escapes were manufactured by an Ashley, Indiana auto supplier, TI Group Automotive Systems.

In the recall notice, Ford says the exterior surface of the engine compartment fuel lines may have been "scored," or damaged during the supplier's manufacturing process.

On Thursday, Ford told customers to stop driving the vehicles, immediately.

The document reveals new details in the timeline of Escape problems.

Two Escapes caught fire as they were being driven from Louisville Assembly Plant to a shipping area at the Kentucky Truck Plant, one on June 9 and the other on July 11, Ford disclosed.

The notice also reveals that on July 5, Louisville autoworkers discovered a fuel line problem with another Escape that did not catch fire.

On June 18, an Escape caught fire while being driven by a customer in Canada, the only field report pf which the automaker said it was aware.

Ford is telling dealers that replacement parts will be available next week.

The automaker is pledging to pay for one-way towing and a rental car for 10 days.  Dealers will be given $300 per Escape to cover "delivery and pick up of the rental vehicle to the location of the customer's preference, topping-off of the fuel tank and to wash and vacuum the vehicle."

Escape owners are not eligible for refunds, the notice to dealers said.

On Thursday, Ford estimated about 11,500 Escapes with 1.6 liter engines were subject to the recall.  The documents advise that approximately 9.320 Escapes are affected.

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