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:
69,195 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 102009


  • 81,400 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated when entering the vehicle and starting the vehicle he noticed that the ABS light was illuminated for a short period of time then shut off. He also noticed when it rained while driving, the ABS light would illuminate; however, the vehicle drove as if it was not activated. The dealer stated that the vehicle was experiencing hydraulic motor circuit failure in the ABS system. The contact was given an estimate for $1216.87 to repair the vehicle. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that the failure was related to NHTSA campaign number 07V156000, service brakes, hydraulic, antilock:control unit/module; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 81,400 and the current mileage was 81,679.

- Lemont , PA, USA

problem #1

May 242007

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,990 miles
Failure of dealer, fette Ford, clifton, NJ, to repair safety recall of 2001 Ford ecsape.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

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