updated 4/13/2004 4:50:45 PM ET 2004-04-13T20:50:45

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 363,440 Escape compact sport utility vehicles from model years 2001-2003 because the engine may stall at certain speeds.

Ford said some Escapes with a 3-liter, V-6 engine may experience an intermittent stall when decelerating at speeds below 40 mph.

Of the total amount, about 322,000 of the vehicles are in the United States. The remainder are elsewhere in North America and overseas.

In most cases, the automaker said, the driver is able to restart immediately after the stall.
Ford said its automotive safety office has identified eight minor accidents that may have occurred because of the engine condition, three of which involved minor injuries.

Customers will be notified of the safety recall by mail, or they can call their dealer or Ford’s toll-free hot line (800-392-3673) for more information.

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