Ford is recalling nearly 90,000 vehicles that feature a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines due to the risk of overheating and engine fires. The affected models are new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans sold in the U.S. and Canada, Fox News reports.
"We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers," said Steve Kenner, director of Ford's Automotive Safety Office. "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety."
Ford received several reports of overheating, as well as several instances of vehicle fires starting in the engine compartment while the engine is running. No injuries were reported as a result of the problem.
The required car repair is expected to take some time, as Ford is currently working on coming up with a solution, so dealers will arrange for loaner cars for drivers at no charge. The automaker will notify owners as soon as it finds a fix, but in the meantime drivers should contact local dealers immediately.