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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 102004

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The tire jack was only used 1 time to change a flat on the right rear of the vehicle, when I used it to jack up the vehicle the scissor jack cracked at the threads where the tube holds the screw mechanism. The material used to make the tire jacks is defective and can cause the jack to fail and fall on a person changing the tire. I went to the dealer and they said it is no longer under warranty and I would have to buy another. It costs $55. This is unfair since the jack was only used 1 time and it was used in accordance to the instructions on the tire well cover. The material is cheap "pot metal" and will not withstand the weight of the Escape during jacking up the vehicle, before the tube that holds the screw mechanism cracks, thus causing the screw to strip out and the jack to collapse under the weight of the vehicle.

- Pacolet Mills, SC, USA

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