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:
78,760 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 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 272014


  • 161,000 miles


Sitting at traffic light and rear glass shattered into car.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
I was driving down the interstate in wi, and out of no where my rear windshield shattered. The rear defrost was on and the outside air temp was approximately 16 degrees F. there was no collision and no evidence flying objects to cause the shatter.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 202011


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the glass on the rear door shattered while the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the manufacturer would replace the glass. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 2,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sandy Springs , GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 232005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
While parked, the back glass shattered out of the frame. The consumer contacted the dealer and the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was out of warranty and there was nothing they could do. Provide further details.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 292003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,800 miles

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

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