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Ford recalls new Escapes, Fusions over fire threat

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is recalling more than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans because the engines can overheat and cause fires.

The recall affects vehicles from the 2013 model year with 1.6-liter engines that were sold in the United States and Canada, the company said in a statement.

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Ford says it’s working on a fix and is asking owners to contact dealers, who will arrange for loaner cars until repairs are made. Ford says the engines can catch fire when they overheat and fluids leak onto hot parts. It was unclear what caused the engines to overheat.

It’s the fourth recall in four months for the all-new Escape, a top seller for Ford.

Ford urged owners of the recalled vehicles to call dealers to get loaner cars. The cars can still be driven, but owners whose dashboard warning lights illuminate should pull off the road, turn off the engine, and leave the vehicle, the company said.

‘‘It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall,’’ Steve Kenner, director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office, said in the statement.

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