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 solid trends of engine failure — $4,500 to fix at 85,000 miles avg — AND transmission failure — $3,000 to fix at 75,000 miles avg — we can't recommend the 2006 Ford Escape to anyone except your worst enemy.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
501 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.

2006 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 072005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 501 miles


On 12/7/05, the main air bag light lit up on the dash. In accordance with the owner's manual, the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repair. The problem occurred with only 542 miles driven on the vehicle. This vehicle was purchased as a replacement to a 2005 Ford Escape that had this same chronic problem, which could not be repaired by Ford after six repair attempts. The 2005 vehicle was bought back by the manufacturer and at no time was a pattern of repairs to this type of vehicle disclosed to me prior to purchase of a replacement vehicle. When the 2006 vehicle was taken in for repairs, we were advised that the dealer currently has seven vehicles with this same problem and that they are attempting to correct the problem. If we had known about pre-existing safety component problems with this model, we likely would not have purchased a replacement.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

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