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.

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Ford Escape has been in the news quite a bit and for all the wrong reasons. Within a few months of its release the SUV was recalled three times, twice because of engine fires.

In July 2012, due to a fuel line that could split and leak, Ford told owners to park their cars because even driving to the dealership for repairs was deemed too dangerous. Instead, in a somewhat unprecedented move, Ford sent tow trucks to pick up the affected vehicles and handed out rental cars while the owners waited for repairs.

A few months later the Escape was recalled again because antifreeze could leak out onto the engine due to a freeze plug becoming dislodged. As the coolant hit the hot engine there was, once again, a threat for fire.

The 2013 is the first model year of the Escape's 3rd generation and proves once again that you want to avoid the first model year when at all possible.

3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,983 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.

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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 102016

Escape

  • 37,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the front driver side door latch failed and the door was unable to close securely without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (latches/locks/linkages); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 37,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 022015

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear drivers side door latch had become difficult to close. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (latches/locks/linkages ) but the interim notice indicated that the parts may become available mid second quarter of 2017 so the contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The contact felt that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 072016

Escape

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving 30 mph, the driver side door opened. The contact coasted over to the side of the road. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 232016

Escape

  • 60,400 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear driver side door failed to latch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the door latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,400.

- Franklin, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 102016

Escape

  • 7,450 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger door failed to remain closed and opened independently while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the door lock failed. The lock was replaced, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V239000 (structure). The failure mileage was 7,450.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Jul 182016

Escape

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 5 mph, the rear passenger side door flew open. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the latch failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012016

Escape

  • 51,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 35 mph, the driver side door flung open and did not close. There was no warning indicator illuminated. A local dealer and the manufacturer were notified and stated that there were no recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. Meanwhile, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V495000 (electrical system) and 14V597000 (air bags, seat belts). The failure mileage was 51,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Blythe, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152015

Escape

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was parked, the front passenger side door latch failed and prevented the door from closing. The failure also occurred with the rear passenger side door. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 152013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the engine stalled and the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who replaced the tire wiring for the map return signal and the tcbp return. The contact stated that five months after the repairs the failure recurred. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed and was diagnosed that the fuel pump control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,383. Updated 09/30/14 updated 02/27/2015

- Nevada City, CA, USA

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