Ford has recalled Kuga / Escape plug-in hybrid in Europe

Ford has recalled Kuga / Escape plug-in hybrid in Europe

October 15, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The American brand has announced the start of a service company that will affect copies of the compact crossover Ford Escape PHEV (aka Kuga) that have been sold in Europe. The reason for the recall is possible battery fire.

Ford is having trouble in Europe with a plug-in hybrid version of its Kuga crossover, also known as the Escape. Although it is currently the best-selling PHEV vehicle in the Old Continent, a few weeks ago the Blue Oval issued a discontinuation order due to the risk of fire.

At this point, the exact problem is known and Ford is investigating why some cars could catch fire while charging. Kuga PHEV owners in Europe are advised not to charge their vehicles and only drive in Auto EV mode. It turns out that the manufacturer’s problems in Europe will force it to postpone the start of production of the Escape PHEV for North America.

According to Reuters, Ford has recalled more than 20,000 examples of the compact crossover in Europe due to potential problems and the risk of a high-voltage battery fire.

“We are postponing full-scale production of the Escape PHEV for the 2021 model year. The first PHEV Escape will be sold next year, ”a Ford spokesman told Reuters.

This is the second time production of the Escape PHEV has been delayed. Ford’s original strategy was to start assembling an electrified version of the crossover in spring 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to temporarily shut down factories.