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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,709 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

problem #6

Sep 122012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling 30 mph the vehicle was crashed into on the rear passenger side by another vehicle. As a result, the vehicle rolled over and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained cuts and bruises. The vehicle was destroyed. Also, the contact stated that the rear driver side seat belt webbing would seize, making it difficult to extend the seat belt. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileage was not available. Updated 11/14/12 updated 11/15/12

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 202007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,626 miles
Seat belt pretensioner fired while vehicle was in park and engine was being started. Right side fired one weekend left side fired next weekend same circumstances.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #4

May 252005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,630 miles
Air bag light has illuminated occasionally since vehicle was new(Nov 1, 2001). Seat belt buckle latch was replaced under warranty in Jan 03. Problem fixed. Next occurrence Nov 03. Connections cleaned and treated, problem fixed. In May 05 problem appeared again, with the addition of intermittent seat belt light illumination. Vehicle was returned to dealer. A tsb had been issued by Ford to replace the safety belt buckle pre-tensioner on both seats. The tsb was not covered by an extended warranty, and the repair would cost approximately $695. Repair was declined. However, owner was charged $75 to read the codes. Owner cleaned and treated electrical connections under both seats. Lights are no longer illuminated.

- Plainwell, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 012001


  • miles


Power seat belt assembly exploded twice.

- Easton , PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242003


  • miles
While driving at 60 mph consumer was involved in an accident and neither of the air bags deployed. Also seat belts did not hold the passengers in the seats.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122003


  • miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident, and the passenger seat belt did not restrain the passenger in the seat, which caused the passenger to suffer injuries to the face.

- Lansing, MI, USA

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