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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,010 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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2011 Ford Escape windows / windshield problems

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2011 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 102015


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was parked, the rear window shattered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 052014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,231 miles
My car was sitting in my drive way. I heard what sounded like something exploded. I went outside to find my rear window had shattered. I called Ford because I researched online and it seemed to be a common thing with these vehicles. The only thing they said was they had never heard of anything like that happening with this model and they couldn't do anything to help with the expenses.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 182014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact noticed that the rear lift gate window shattered. The vehicle was taken for repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000. Updated 03/20/14 updated 03/20/2014

- Peterborough, NH, USA

problem #4

Dec 052013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 29,025 miles


Just as the lift gate closed, the rear window shattered.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Our Ford Escape was parked at the grocery store. After putting grocery bags in the back I shut the tailgate and the back window exploded. Ford would not cover this since its past the factory 3 year warranty. No explanation for how this happened has been provided.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #2

Nov 212012


  • 15,800 miles
I filled my gas tank at a holiday gas station/store in escanaba, mi about 6 P.M., November 21 while traveling. I filled the tank, locked the vehicle, and went into the store for a snack. When I returned to the vehicle, an employee was sweeping up glass from my back window which she heard explode. The window was completely gone. There was nothing against the back window or the hatch back that would cause stress. Fishing equipment was lying flat on the floor. I drove 200 miles home with no window. Besides the employee witness, I filed a police report with the escanaba police. I contacted a Ford dealership and was told to take pictures. I sent documentation along with the pictures to the dealership. That was not good enough for Ford. I was told to take the car to the dealership where the body repair manager took pictures and sent them to Ford who came back denying the warranty coverage on the glass "because it cannot be proven that this was a Ford glass defect. I drove 200 miles round trip wasting an afternoon of my time. I have contact and talked with Ford customer relations a half dozen time. I asked the witness to call Ford customer relations to verify that I was not even in the vehicle at the time of the glass explosion. Glass few from 10 to 15 feet in small, deadly pieces. Luckily, I or someone else was not standing behind the car. I have not opened the back window for months finding it easier to remove item by lifting the hatchback door. In contacting Ford customer relations, I was told that once a decision has been made, it could not be reversed. I asked to speak to someone in authority and was told that once a decision was made by Ford, it could not be reversed and was given an address to write my complaint.

- Ironwood, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 212011

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 17 miles
While closing the rear hatch, the glass/hatch exploded into and outside of the car hitting my daughter in the face. There was not unusual tension or binding while closing the rear glass hatch. Did not require additional effort to close it. The vehicle was in park, the engine was off, temperature outside approx 50 degrees. Vehicle was warm as it had been previously driven updated 11/28/11

- Methuen, MA, USA

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