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Ford Recalls Another 400,000 Escapes

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On: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 12:11PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Recalls Another 400,000 Escapes

Suffice to say that in the last month or two, Ford has not had the best press regarding its Escape SUV. There have been two other major recalls in recent memory, and now Ford has just issued another one -- bringing back 423,634 models built between October 22, 1999 and January 23, 2004.

This time around, it seems there was a clearance issue found under the hood that involves the throttle cable. This lack of clearance can potentially cause the throttle to get stuck in the open position, resulting in a potentially very dangerous situation that is not completely unlike the huge mess Toyota found themselves in a few years ago. 

Having a throttle stuck wide-open has the potential to cause not just injuries, but fatalities on a massive level. Ford has said it will begin contacting owners this week, but owners may also contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 if they do not feel like waiting. Hopefully this will be the last we hear of the Escape in terms of recalls for a long while.

Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Ford / Escape2001-2004
Manufacturer:Ford Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:July 25, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V353000
NHTSA Action Number:PE12019
Component:Engine and Engine Cooling
Potential Number of Units Affected:423,634


Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used.


A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.


Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 6, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.


Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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