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Ford Announces Software Cooling System Fix to Prevent Fusion & Escape Crossover Fires

January 31, 2013

Ford Motors has announced a recall of the 2013 Fusion and Escape crossovers that are equipped with a 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine.

The vehicles have been recalled because of the risk of fire from the engines igniting. Almost 90,000 owners of these vehicles will be asked to bring them in to fix the defect causing these vehicle fires. Ford has indicated that the problem can be corrected with a software update.

The recall follows an embarrassing period during which Ford was not able to identify the cause of the fires or indicate appropriate remedial measures. Ford had issued instructions to owners of the suspect vehicles to rent cars until their vehicles are repaired. When vehicle owners bring their Fusion or Escape crossover in to the dealer, the manufacturer will reportedly use a software “flash” to prevent the cooling system from overheating and causing fires in the turbocharged engine.

The company has indicated the problem is related to a couple of issues. The defects combined to interrupt coolant flow. When this occurs along with another problem like a leak in a coolant hose or a filler cap that is not tight, this can cause low pressure so that the coolant boils. If the coolant boils, it may spill into the engine and ignite when it makes contact with hot exhaust components.

The defects prevent coolant from making it into the parts of the engine where it is needed under certain circumstances like cold weather. Ford engineers determined that water is flowing into the radiator, but the water cannot flow back into the engine immediately because of a closed electronically controlled valve. While this is not a major issue because the engine can function safely for short periods without water, the problem becomes serious when the vehicle has low pressure because the water may never return to the engine. According to Ford, the software change will prevent water from flowing into the radiator unless the valve is open so that the water can flow back into the engine.

When product defects cause vehicles to malfunction, they can be involved in horrific collisions or catch on fire and explode. Ford has acknowledged 12 vehicle fires resulting from the defective cooling system. The manufacturer of the vehicle or components may be liable when vehicle defects cause injuries or fatalities. If you are involved in a collision caused by a defective vehicle, it is important to maintain the vehicle in its post-accident condition to facilitate engineering and accident reconstruction experts in examining the relationship between the defect and a resulting accident.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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