Ford Recalls 160,000 Escape and Focus ST Vehicles For Erratic Engines

Wiring harnesses cause Escape and Focus ST engines to spit, sputter and stall.

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— Ford is recalling about 160,000 model year 2013-2014 Focus ST and Escape vehicles because of wiring problems that could cause the engine to sputter and stall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't released details about the recall, but Ford says the defect is on Focus STs and Escapes equipped with 2.0-liter engines.

Defective wiring harnesses could have bad electrical connections to the point of causing engine hesitation, reduced power, stalling and an illuminated engine light.

Ford says all those problems come from the powertrain control module that can be affected by the bad electrical connections. Fortunately, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries caused by the defect.

Ford dealers will replace wiring splices on the recalled vehicles when the recall begins September 29, 2014.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673 and give them recall number 14S17.

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