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News Summary: Ford Escape, Fusion recall

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The Associated Press | December 10, 2012 05:31 PM EST | AP


THE VEHICLES: About 89,000 Ford Escape small SUVs and Fusion midsize cars from the 2013 model year equipped with 1.6-liter turbocharged engines.

THE PROBLEM: A computer-controlled valve can let coolant into the engine, and in rare cases it can become trapped and overheat. That can cause a gasket to blow, spilling coolant or oil onto the hot exhaust and touching off a fire. There have been nine fires reported so far in the U.S. and Canada. No one has been hurt.

THE SOLUTION: Ford will update software to stop the problem from happening. It already has recalled the vehicles, urging drivers to bring them to dealers and swap them for a free loaner car. The software will be available starting early next week.