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Ford Recalls Nearly 500K Escape SUVs for Sticking Pedals

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly half a million Escape model compact SUVs amid concerns over a potentially deadly problem with sticking accelerator pedals.

The new recall, which includes 2001 to 2004 models that have 3-liter, V-6 engines with cruise control, was ordered after safety inspectors discovered the accelerator's speed control cables could become stuck on an engine cover when the pedal is almost fully depressed, according to a recall notice by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The recall comes after ABC News' Phoenix affiliate, KNXV, launched an investigation into a Ford Escape crash that claimed the life of 17-year-old Saige Bloom. The Arizona teen lost control of her vehicle and crashed on a local road in January.

Moments before that crash, Bloom's mother, who was driving in another car behind her daughter, made frantic calls to 911 saying, "She cannot stop. We're coming to a red light and I don't know what to do for her," KNXV reported.

The younger Bloom plowed into another car and rolled three times. She later died of her injuries.

According to KNXV, an inspector hired by the Bloom family later discovered the vehicle's speed control cable had broken and become lodged under the engine cover, meaning the throttle was stuck at near full speed.

Ford said that most dealerships will not have the parts to permanently fix the problem just yet, according to a customer information sheet provided by Ford, but said customers should go to their local dealership for an "interim repair, which will disable the speed control system on your vehicle to eliminate the possibility of a stuck throttle…"

"This temporary repair will allow you to continue driving your vehicle until parts for the permanent repair are available," the information sheet says.

Representatives at Ford's corporate headquarters did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this report.

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Ford Recalls 2013 Escapes, Tells Owners to Stop Driving Car

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- If you bought a new Ford Escape in the past few months, you may be getting a notice from the automaker soon to stop driving your SUV.

Ford issued a recall Thursday of about 11,500 Escapes citing a problem with the vehicle's fuel line that could split and leak gasoline, creating a potential underhood fire.  The recall only affects 2013 models with 1.6-liter engines.

While no injures have been reported, Ford is advising affected car owners to stop driving their vehicles and contact their local dealership immediately.  The automaker says its dealers will then pick up the Escapes and provide owners with a loaner vehicle -- free of charge -- in the meantime while repairs are being made.

If all the parts are available, Ford estimates the fix will take less than an hour.


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Ford to Add 7,000 U.S. Workers in Next Two Years

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Ford Motor Company announced Monday it will add 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs between this year and next in the United States. 
This year alone, Ford is adding nearly 4,000 hourly jobs at several of its U.S. plants, including 1,800 at Louisville Assembly Plant, which is preparing to launch the next-generation Ford Escape late in the year. Ford also will add 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing. Next year, Ford expects to add at least 2,500 more new manufacturing positions.
“Ford is committed to American manufacturing, and we are on a path to add more than 7,000 American workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want.”
Ford is recruiting salaried engineers specializing in batteries, system controls, software and energy storage to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and eight other cities including Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif. This recruitment launches at the 2011 North American International Auto Show during industry preview days on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

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