Ford is pointing fingers at supplier TI Automotive who is to blame for last week’s surprise recall of about 11,500 Escape SUVs. The trucks were deemed a fire risk because of a flaw in its fuel lines. Ford told the NHTSA that some of the fuel lines were “mechanically scored” at TI Automotive’s plant in Ashley, Indiana.
The documents say that a fuel line with a cut on the surface could split open and leak. Ford took the extreme step of telling its customers to stop driving the 2013 Escape with the 1.6 liter engine, and to contact their local Ford dealer, whereupon a loaner vehicle would be delivered and the Escape brought to the dealership for repairs.
Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel told Reuters that the affected vehicles were made at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant from October 8, 2011 to July 11. TI Automotive has repaired the manufacturing flaw and is still making fuel lines for the 2013 Escape, Reuters says. Production of the Escape was not halted as a result of the recall.
The documents name three engine fires, two experienced by Ford employees. The supplier is, well, hosed.