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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 082001

Escape 4WD

  • miles


Drivers side airbag assembly replaced approx. 3 weeks ago. On 9/08/2001, warning light flashed again, leading us to conclude that another system failure occurred.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 242001

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 50 mph consumer was involved in a T-bone in which neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed. Also, there was major front end damage to vehicle.

- Sparkers, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 292001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was traveling at 43 mph, rolled once, hit an embankment, rolled again, was hit head-on, then hit from rear. Vehicle has both front airbags and front side airbags, neither airbag deployed. Consumer worried about safety.

- Annville, KY, USA

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