Ford recalls 500,000 Escape SUVs for corroded brake connectors

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 500,000 Ford Escape sport utility vehicles for engine fire problems related to faulty wiring in the anti-lock brake connectors.

The company announced the recall of the 2001-2004 model year vehicles in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe on Tuesday, noting that that there have been 50 incidents of engine fires reported.

"There have been no reports of accidents or injuries. We have identified a repair, and owners of affected vehicles will be notified soon," said Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley.

The recall does not apply to the hybrid version of the Ford Escape.

Ford officials said mechanics would inspect and reinstall missing or improperly mounted seals on the wiring harness of the anti-lock brake connector.

An improperly installed seal allows water and other fluids to seep into and corrode the connector, putting the unit at risk of smoking, melting or burning.

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