The recalls cover vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
Frustration over the response from a 911 operator, as a woman witnesses a man stealing tires off of her neighbor’s 2014 Ford Escape.
Ford is recalling the Escape small SUV to fix oil and fuel leaks that can cause fires.
So far this year, sales of the versatile, high-sitting hatchbacks such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are up more than 20 percent.
Ford has paid the top penalty of $17.35 million to settle government allegations that the company was slow to recall nearly a half-million SUVs last year.
The 2013 model year is shaping up to be a pivotal moment for the automotive industry, with over 30 all-new vehicles arriving in showrooms.
It’s the fourth recall of the newly launched 2013 Escape.
Ford is recalling nearly 485,000 older model Escape and Mavericks to fix sticking gas pedals that could cause a crash.
A manufacturing problem at a company that makes fuel lines forced Ford to recall 11,500 of its brand-new Escape small SUVs and tell owners to stop driving them right away.
Ford is telling some buyers of 2013 Escape small SUVs not to drive them because the engines can catch fire.