NHTSA: 450,000 Ford cars recalled

As for the Escapes, NHTSA said the problem is a brake master cylinder reservoir cap that could leak brake fluid.

If brake fluid leaks from the cap, it could come in contact with the antilock brake system (ABS) module wiring harness connector, the agency said in its report. Corrosion can develop in the electrical connector, leading to melting, smoke or a fire. 

NHTSA said Escape, Freestar and Monterey owners can either get in touch with the agency or Ford itself to determine how to proceed regarding their recalled vehicles.