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Ford Recalls 363,440 Escapes To Correct Engine Stalling Problem

April 13, 2004

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is recalling 363,440 of its compact Escape SUVs due to an intermittent engine-stalling problem, Reuters reports. The recall affects model years 2001, 2002 and early 2003. Most vehicles were sold in North America with 3.0 liter V-6 engines.Ford received reports of eight alleged minor accidents stemming from the problem, three of which included allegations of minor injuries. The stalling problem tends to occur during vehicle deceleration at speeds below 40 mph, the automaker said.Ford said the problem posed “no unreasonable risk of accident or injury,” Reuters reports.This is the seventh recall of the Escape, according to the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation. The first five recalls came in a period of a little over a year after the vehicle’s launch, from August 2000 to November 2001. The sixth came in December 2003. Other recalled components were leaky fuel lines, incorrect wheel hubs, damaged windshield wiper link ball sockets, and defective seat belt assemblies.
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