Ford Motor Company is recalling about 527,000, 2001-2004 Ford Escape model crossovers, due to defective antilock brake systems that can catch on fire.
Incorrectly installed or missing seals on the wire harness can lead to corrosion when water or road salt gets near the electrical connector, according to Ford. The corrosion can cause the ABS warning light to come on and lead to burning or melting of the electrical ABS connector.
The recall excludes hybrid Escape versions.
The Ford Escape catching on fire has prompted several reports to ConsumerAffairs.Com. While Ford reports no accidents or injuries as a result of the Escape fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received complaints of at least 50 engine fires connected to the problems and the agency is actively investigating the Ford Escape.
“We have identified a repair, and owners of affected vehicles will be notified soon,” said Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley.