Owners of a 2013 Fusion or Escape with the 1.6 liter engine should stop driving their vehicles immediately. According to the Ford press release:
Meanwhile, Ford is advising affected owners to contact a Ford dealer as soon as possible for alternative transportation at no cost to the customer; U.S. owners also may call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers also may call 888-222-7814 for details on securing alternative transportation.
Ford is telling you not to drive your car. That’s serious. Some of these engines are overheating to the point that fires are starting. The engines are catching on fire. While people are driving.
So far, no one has been hurt. Hopefully it stays that way. This is the sort of issue that I simply don’t understand. How can a problem of this magnitude make it to production?