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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,019 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.

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2002 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 122007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Our 2002 Ford Escape caught on fire while parked in the garage. It appears that the fire originated in or around the ABS module. Thankfully there were no initial serious injuries, though we incurred smoke damage and the inconvenience of a non functioning vehicle.

- Demotte, IN, USA

problem #5

Feb 092007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. On February 9, 2007 the vehicle caught on fire in the garage and burned to the frame. The fire began on the electrical instrument panel on the driver's side. The vehicle was destroyed while parked in the garage. The fire marshall and insurance company have photos. The fire marshall stated that the switch or sensor caused the fire. The insurance company investigator stated that the fire was due to an electrical failure. The contact's vehicle burned 20 days after it was purchased. The current and failure mileage were 86,000.

- North Martell, NE, USA

problem #4

Dec 312006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
2002 Ford Escape. Parked> 3 hrs. Caught fire. Engine and front of car completely destroyed. Have detailed pictures understand investigation into this problem began in November 2006 would like to speak to someone before car is towed to junk yard.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #3

Nov 132006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


: the contact stated while parking a bystander noticed smoke billowing from under the hood. The ignition would not turn off so the battery was disconnected and the smoke stopped. The vehicle was towed to an auto collision facility, where it has not been inspected by a mechanic.

- Franklinton, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 232006

Escape 6-cyl

  • 21,115 miles
2002 Ford Escape XLT caught fire under the hood. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who replaced the booster, hcu and hcu harness. After doing some research the consumer believes the fire was the result of a faulty cruise control deactivation switch. This switch had been recalled in 1994-2002 Ford F150's, Navigator and Expedition..

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 042005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact stated 2002 Ford Escape caught on fire on 4-4-05 in front of the dealership where she bought it. The vehicle was parked. The fire originated from under the hood. The day before on Sunday she was having problems starting the car. Her brother had to jump it to get it started; he then drove it around the block. When he took the key out of the ignition, the vehicle was still running. She put the key back in, put it in gear, and put it back in park and turned the ignition and took the key out. She drove it to the dealership where she bought it. The vehicle was turned off when she left. The next day the fire department called her and told her the car had caught on fire at the dealership and was totaled. The fire department did tell the contact they thought the fire was electrical.

- York Town Heights, NY, USA

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