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:
72,913 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112014


  • 86,222 miles


Going approx. 25 mph, slowing to a stop sign. Applied brakes and passenger tire made noise and U joint busted. Rim//tire was positioned incorrectly. Rust is visible. I need to know if this is related to Ford recall of Escape SUVS due to rust that could cause the separation of the lower control arm from the subframe of the vehicle.the recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur. My vehicle was purchased in bradley, il. What do I do??

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 022014


  • 205,430 miles
While driving, mainly on the interstate maintained speed of 70mph I feel the steering go very limp. It's been much like hydroplaning. Like there is air between my tires and the road. It lasts just a few seconds. I notice the steering column is rusted. The truck swerves in the lane and often going over line. The steering wheel is very loose when this happens.

- Col Hts, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 142000

Escape 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing problem with ice developing on front wheels which causes severe vibration when driving. Dealer / manufacturer were not contacted at this time.

- House Spring, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 012000

Escape 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Ballston Spa, NY, USA

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