Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: With questionable safety ratings, a faulty power control module (PCM) and a rear subframe that can rust out, the first model year Escape is known for problems. But the worst one of all? A design flaw that carried through multiple model years and caused dangerous unintended acceleration.

A lack of clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector meant the throttle could get stick open when the accelerator was fully depressed. Following a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, NHTSA opened an investigation and eventually issued a recall to fix the sticky throttles in the 2001–2004 model years.

Even with the throttles fixed, the 2001 model year could still have trouble stopping due to multiple problems with leaking brakes.

2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,764 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 012014

Escape

  • 162,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V602000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact stated that the interior and exterior door latches failed on the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and filed case number: Cas-5153286. The failure mileage was 162,000.

- Shoreline, WA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
Submission from re Ford Escape 2001 safety recall notice 11S24 the consumer received a recall notice in Jan 2012. The notice indicated she would be informed when the parts required to complete the safety recall would become available, which wouldn't be until the second quarter. The vehicle caught on fire while parked, which was prior to the recall, but was quickly extinguished. Shortly after the fire, the vehicle was repaired. Several months later, the consumer was partly compensated by Ford in the form of a check for $1900 accompanied by a document which stated by accepting the compensation, she would also be signing off on any other claims. The consumer also stated the catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, master cylinder, wiring harness, ABS, brake line booster, power steering rack and pinion, tie rods, intake manifold as well as the air bag were all replaced. The steering column would freeze, the rear passenger door handle fell off, rendering the door unstable, the coolant light illuminated, the oil pan needed to be replaced, the air condition stopped working and the rear shock were leaking.

- Waimanalo, HI, USA

problem #11

Apr 142009

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While entering the vehicle; the contact attempted to activate the rear passenger power door lock; however, the door failed to unlock. In addition, the rear driver side and front passenger door failed to unlock. The occupants were unable to enter or exit the vehicle due to the failure. Previously while driving the door was ajared without assistance. The doors also required excessive force to close them. The door failures were intermittent and have become progressively worse. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer inspection. The technician stated that the failure was contributed to the door handle and latch system. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The estimated repair cost for the three defective handles and lock system was $1,500. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was unavailable. The current mileage was 70,000.

- Fairmont, MN, USA

problem #10

Jun 182006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Door handle on occasion gets stuck.

- Ridgewood , NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 062007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the driver and passenger side doors open by remote, but the other two doors must be opened manually due to latch failure. The dealer stated that it will cost $1,800 to repair the doors. The engine size and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage is 124,756.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
The front passenger door no longer opens with the outside latch handle. While it opens from the inside, the outside door handle failed inexplicably. It has not been repaired as yet.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 202006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the contact stated the door latches were faulty on both front doors. There was no warning signal prior to the incident. The contact was not able to open the front doors from the outside. The contact had to enter from the rear passenger side and open the doors from the inside. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer who determined that there was a problem with the door latches, and notified the contact that the manufacturer was aware of the problem.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 302006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 235,000 miles
Both back doors of my 2001 Ford Escape: I do not use my back doors very often since there are only 2 members of my household. I unlocked then tried to open both back doors, both were stuck shut, the handles were loose on the outside. It was not a freezing cold night. I locked and unlocked the doors a bunch of times, then tried to open again. They finally opened, but would not latch shut. The outside handle doesn't seem to be attached to the in door mechanism. My husband finally got the doors to stay shut. I have not opened them since. I am afraid they might open while driving!

- Bath, ME, USA

problem #5

Sep 232005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA campaign id number : 04V602000 I have this above latch problem. Ford is telling me my car is not eligible. VIN # 07/18/2012. Updated 07/18/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 012005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact stated the passenger door latches stopped working. After about a month earlier driver's side door latch quit working. Upon examination the attachment to the rod broke away from the door latch. The vehicle had not been to a service dealer.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 102005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1. no events leading up to the failure. 2. passenger door failed to open. 3. car currently being repaired. Was told by dealer there was no service bulletins regarding this issue. This evidently is a lie. If possible, will follow up with more information.

- Oceanport, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 242004

Escape

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,850 miles
Both front door locks failed within 1 month of each other. Doors could not be opened from the outside. Same small part broken on each side. Had to replace the entire power lock assembly on each side.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 102004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
No crash - no injuries yet! think there may be a possible product liabity safety issue: Ford Escape, 2001, w/ power door locks, serial# [xxx]. rear doors on both sides do not latch, properly. They do not work properly. Once opened they will not close and latch securely. One door failed within one week of the others failure. Found out the parts are on national backorder and have been revised 3 times by manufacturor. In 50 years I have never seen an automobile with this type of failure. I've sold hundreds of cars in my life time and have owned plenty. My question is is there any other complaints of this simiilar type on the same type of vehicle" any injuies" is it something the NHTSA can look into for consumers. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Manchester, NH, USA

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