“We are moving the product next year when we will work with suppliers to resolve this issue,” Ford spokesman Dan Barbosa said.
Escape shares components including battery cells with Kuga, Barbosa said. The Kuga is Ford’s most popular SUV in Europe, with 153,800 sold in 2018.
The recalled Kuga models were built between July 2019 and July 2020, according to the European Union’s safety instructions. Ford spokesman Jay Ward said 20,500 vehicles had returned. There have been seven fire cases linked to the issue, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.
– Contributed reporting to Peter Valdes-Dapena and Michael Ballab.