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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,935 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 brakes problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Mar 082001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While traveling when and depressing brake pedal, pedal went to floorboard and vehicle lost brake power. Consumer also experiencing problems with passenger and driver window, and also a fuel line clip failed causing the motor to loose power and fuel was pumped over the hot engine.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 312001


  • miles
Brake light came on dashboard. Also, vehicle just shutdown without prior warning. When consumer applied brakes pedal was normal. She took vehicle to dealership. Mechanic told her she needed a master cylinder.

- Charlerou, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 212001

(reported on)


  • miles
While turning vehicle on noticed all dash board indication lights on began to travel. When depressed brakes vehicle went into extended stopping distance. Please provie further information.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

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