Some 139,917 vehicles affected by the recall are at risk of localized overheating of the engine cylinder which could lead to an oil leak resulting in fire. The automaker said on Tuesday it was aware of 12 incidents where this was believed to have occurred in the United States and Canada.

Ford also wants to re-inspect some 9,469 vehicles which were already subjected to a recall in 2012, because of concerns of the possibility of a fuel leak leading to a fire. Reports of gasoline odours in the affected vehicles had prompted concerns that repairs on the vehicles. In 2012 some 85,000 Escapes were recalled in two phases between July and November.

(Agencies)

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