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: The 2007 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, so it's not a model year we can recommend.

Also the base model Escape did not come with side airbags so it received a "Poor" rating from the IIHS for side impact protection. Other similar 2007 models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V & Hyundai Santa Fe scored far better.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,934 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.

2007 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 082015


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving at 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V2840000 (steering). The manufacture was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- West Havens, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 222015


  • 94,000 miles
The electric power steering failed while going around a curve at 35 mph. The failure was sudden without any warning. The electric power steering is still non functional and is due to be evaluated next week. I am glad that the incident happen while I was driving instead of my wife or children because they may have had a harder time controling the car since they have always driven cars with power steering

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #8

Dec 062014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Right front tone ring cracked causing ABS to malfunction and inability to brake safely. Part is a very common failure point and Ford should address this issue.

- Cle Elum, WA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012007


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning on multiple occasions while traveling at any speed. Additionally, the power steering assist would fail without warning and exhibit a loud noise as the contact attempted a turn. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the fuel pump, filter and the sensor were replaced. The stalling failure recurred without warning. The mechanic was unable to further diagnose or duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100000. The VIN was not available.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,440 miles
While driving along a curve in the road with no road hazards apparent, the driver side front axle cracked, causing warnings to light up on the instrument display. The axle was replaced immediately.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #5

Jan 302012

Escape 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the steering pump was replaced three times from a recurring failure. The dealer advised the contact that the steering pump was a component that was known to continuously fracture. Most recently, the contact was advised that the steering pump would need replacing yet again, as well as the steering rack. The dealer advised that metal shavings were entering into the steering rack because of the replacement of the steering pump. The failure mileage was 49,000 and the current mileage was 52,000. Updated 12/21/12 updated 1/9/2013

- Bound Brook, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 152011


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver while turning. There was also an abnormal hissing sound within the steering column. The vehicle was taken to seven different independent mechanics for diagnostics. The mechanics replaced the driver side lower control arm, ball joints and steering pump. The failure continued after the repair. Later, the failure recurred and the contact lost control of the steering wheel. The contact then crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the independent mechanic who advised that the rack and pinion would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 222011

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the power steering would intermittently fail while driving or stopped. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel would become tight and difficult to turn. If the vehicle was stopped, the steering wheel would intermittently lock up. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the power steering fluid was checked and all of the lines were flushed. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 42,000. Updated 08/01/11 the dealer informed the consumer the vehicle needed a steering, rack and lower control arm. Six months after the vehicle was purchased, the transmission had to be replaced.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 032007


  • 34,166 miles
Rattle was noticed for quite awhile. Took in car for another problem and mentioned rattle under car. Problem was diagnosed as having 'wornfront sway links causing knock noise."replaced both front links.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 052007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,731 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. When the failure occurred, the steering column locked and prevented the contact from controlling the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they repaired the torque converter. The failure recurred several months later. The dealer is currently diagnosing the vehicle to determine the cause of the failure. All of the remedies to date have been insufficient in correcting the failure. The failure mileage was 21,731 and current mileage was 22,000. The transmission was jerking and shifting hard. When coming to a stop it made a sound like twisting metal and the brakes popped and jerked, when accelerating in a curve. There was no response from the vehicle when the accelerator was applied. The vehicle also pulled to the left. The consumer also stated the vehicle stalled while driving 70 mph. The overdrive light illuminated for no reason, the automatic door locks did not work properly, they would lock and unlock at will while the consumer was backing up. Updated 02/05/09.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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