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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,579 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.

2001 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Dec 222003

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


The contact stated the cable for the air bag under the driver's seat was cut when the seat was adjusted. An independent mechanic determined the problem after it was misdiagnosed by the dealer. The manufacturer offered no free remedy. A repair was made at the contact's expense, but the problem recurred.

- Brackney, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 122005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In June 2005, I was traveling to work when my car hydroplaned and I hit a bridge. Upon impact, none of my air bags deployed. I suffered a few bumps and bruises but never went to the doctor. If the accident were worse than what it was and the air bags malfunctioned, I could have been killed. I went to Ford and nothing was ever done about it. It was never looked into to see if they did infact malfunction. I looked up the recalls and there was one to the wheel and something else and I want to see if that recall were fixed.

- Rushville, IN, USA

problem #9

Sep 062004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
On-going problem with the air bag light illuminating intermittently. Vehicle has been to the dealer on three separate occasions. Dealer replaced various parts on all occasions and the problem is still there.

- Pewee Valley, KY, USA

problem #8

Jun 282004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles


While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer restarted the vehicle and pulled over. The consumer drove the vehicle to the auto service for inspection and the mechanic informed the consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. There was grinding and a round metal object snapped and broke off of the ac compressor. There were also problem with the air bag and the steering.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012003

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,070 miles
While driving, the air bag light intermittently illuminated. The light would stay illuminated the remainder of the time the vehicle was being operated. The dealership tried to repair the vehicle 3 times, but was unable to resolve the problem.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 202003

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling at 40 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision.upon impact, none of the airbags deployed. Dealer has been contacted.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 292003


  • miles


While driving at 25 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Vehicle suffered severe damage.

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 152002


  • miles
While driving, air bag light illuminated on the dash board.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 132003


  • miles
The air bag light illuminated on the dash board.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 312001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling 15mph on the highway and approaching an intersection, another vehicle veered into consumers vehicle from right front. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Dealership was aware of problem. Consumer states that the ABS also failed. Two months after the accident, the vehicle was repaired and returned, consumer does not feel safe in this vehicle. Within 2 weeks of ownership, the dashboard pulled away from the windshield.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 242001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 50 mph consumer was involved in a T-bone in which neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed. Also, there was major front end damage to vehicle.

- Sparkers, NY, USA

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