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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,293 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 #11

Sep 022016

Escape

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. 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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 132016

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (latches/locks/linkages). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 032016

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. 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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 032016

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V597000 (air bags, seat belts) and 16V643000 (latches/ locks/linkages). The parts needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 01/06/2017 updated 01/17/17.

- Elk Park, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 272016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 28,675 miles
A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a "door will not close" condition. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury. Difficulty shutting drivers door. Recall status: Recall incomplete. Remedy not yet available.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #6

May 132016

Escape

  • 9,093 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that they received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (locks/linkages) however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact also stated that the door handle's were previously repaired under a recall. The details of the failure were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,093. VIN tool confirms remedy not yet available.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 012016

Escape

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts unavailable.

- New Freedom, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 022016

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (latches/locks/linkages). The part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 062016

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V643000 (locks/latches/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 made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Brookfield, IL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 062012

Escape

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that she was in the rear seat when she became trapped inside the vehicle. The contact noticed that the doors were locked however, she was unable to unlock the doors. The driver had to unlock the doors from the exterior of the vehicle using the remote key fob in order for the contact to exit. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

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