Notes: With questionable safety ratings, a faulty power control module (PCM) and a rear subframe that can rust out, the first model year Escape is known for problems. But the worst one of all? A design flaw that carried through multiple model years and caused dangerous unintended acceleration.

A lack of clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector meant the throttle could get stick open when the accelerator was fully depressed. Following a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, NHTSA opened an investigation and eventually issued a recall to fix the sticky throttles in the 2001–2004 model years.

Even with the throttles fixed, the 2001 model year could still have trouble stopping due to multiple problems with leaking brakes.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,750 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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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 062012

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling) and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs however, the dealer refused the recall repair and did not provide a reason why. The contact notified the manufacturer of the incident and the contact was advised to take the vehicle back to the dealer for recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 09/11/12 updated 09/14/2012

- Gautier, MS, USA

problem #3

Oct 152004

Escape 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The display on my Ford Escape radio has stopped functioning correctly; the radio itself is functioning. After calling several repair shops, the dealer service center, and searching the internet it is very apparent this is a common occurrence in several of the oem radios and the result of a design flaw. Multiple websites and discussion pages refer to this issue as being the result of an overheat condition on the display board due to proximity of the power supply and improper heat dissipation.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #2

May 172002

Escape 4WD

  • miles
While driving at about 40 mph, with both children in the car, my car stalled in a busy intersection. My brakes, steering, accellerator, and electrical(radio and speedometer) went out. I was forced to coast down the street to find somewhere to pull over. I have sent it to the dealership and they acted like it was my fault that it happened and that they hadn't heard of such complaint. I am scared to drive it even after they said it is fixed. I have heard of this happening, after I did some reasearch and people have reported it happening again. I would like some kind of trade or reimbuirsement. My reason being is for the saftey of my children and myself. The car is only 11 months old.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 092001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was traveling 40mph on highway went to change lanes and power steering didn't respond. Dealership was aware of problem. Check engine light illuminated and oil light illuminated, dealer cleaned ground connections under the battery. Sub woofer inoperable, dealer replaced.

- Dundee, OR, USA

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