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:
91,928 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 electrical problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 292010


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact attempted to start the ignition; however, the key would turn in the ignition switch and the anti-theft warning indicator flashed intermittently. In addition, the steering wheel failed to turn in any direction and the tires locked. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was contributed to the anti-theft device. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 032004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,855 miles
My 2001 Ford Escape had to be towed because the key would not turn in the ignition.the dealer explained it as a" anti- theft system" gone my ignition had to be re-keyed.(had to buy new keys). Of course that took 3 days. I called Ford and they said even though there is a code in there computer for recall has been ordered on this problem.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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