“We are moving production to next year as we work with suppliers to resolve the issue,” said Ford spokesman Dan Barbosa.
Escape shares with Kuga components, including battery cells, Barbosa said. The Kuga is Ford’s most popular SUV in Europe, selling 153,800 in 2018.
The withdrawn Kuga models were produced between July 2019 and July 2020, according to the EU Safety Notice. Jay Ward, a Ford spokesman, said 20,500 cars had been withdrawn. There are seven cases of fire related to the problem, but no injuries or deaths, he added.
– Peter Valdes-Dapena and Michael Balaban contributed to the reporting.