Notes: The 2005 Escape has problems where the engine shuts down while driving. Ford finally issued a September 2014 recall. Time will tell if the recall fix really solves the problem.

However the 2005 Escape also has a defect where the PCM (Power Control Module) fries at around 100k miles. Ford extended the PCM warranty to 80,000 miles, but only after most owners were past the mileage limit. Now owners are on the hook for the average repair cost of over $2,000 (!!)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,112 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 062009


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving between 35-40 mph, both the passenger and driver's side air bags deployed without an impact or crash occurring. The contact suffered minor burns on her wrist. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and a claim was filed with the manufacturer. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 40,000. Updated 06/17/09 updated 06/17/09.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

problem #7

Jun 022008


  • 75,000 miles
I was involved in a minor car accident when my airbag deployed and caused 2nd degree burns to both of my top forearms, I also fractured my right wrist that separated the cartilage in my wrist and required surgery. I am a healthy, active 42 year old woman never been in an accident. I believe the airbag did not deploy correctly and may even need to be recalled to make sure it was installed efficiently. The burns sustained to my arms are not consistent with typical burns from airbags that I have researched. The bag itself did not come out straight, nor even hit my chest, it came out of the top of the steering wheel. I want to prevent this from happening to others.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 012005


  • miles
2005 Ford Escape XLT air bags failed to deploy. The consumer stated last year he hit a deer and the air bag did not deploy and just recently he hit another animal and the air bag failed to deploy again. The consumer stated he had the passenger side switch turned to the off position.

- Ruby Valley, NV, USA

problem #5

Jul 072006

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,900 miles


Driving in the West Virginia mountains and had a head on collision with a deer. Airbags did not deploy on 2005 Ford Escape XLS. Indicator on dash boards indicates airbags deployed but they didn't.

- Fpo Ae, AA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042005

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumers air bags did not deploy during front impact collision. (12/01/05)

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #3

May 252005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ODI# 10122211 1) 2005 Ford Escape 4X4: Passenger side front airbag will not enable (inflate) with adult size person (wife 120 lbs, 5 feet 3 inch's tall) in seat. 2) deactivated (disabled) front air bag can result in serious injury / death to passenger. 3) Ford states: (cal worthington 1950 gambell St., anchorage ak 99501; customer relation center, detroit, ph 800-392-3673; and dearborn mi engineers) that the front passenger side airbag sensor threshold is set at between 110-120 lbs and is "working properly" & threshold can not be adjusted & no option or repair are available. Note this was stated in writing & on the telephone from Ford. I believe Ford is in violation of federal (revised/un-revised) motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) 208 please note mailing NHTSA ODI: Personal letter, Ford service denial letter, copy P.125 Ford 2005 Escape owners guide with airbag information contradicting letter& telephone information.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #2

Apr 272001


  • miles
Passenger's air bag light stays on when adult over 100 lbs is in seat.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 122005

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
While changing lanes at approximately 65 mph the vehicle hit a sheet of black ice. Vehicle began to spin out of control and hit a guard rail head on. Upon impact the front air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle sustained over $20,000 worth of damage and was deemed totaled.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

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