really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,600 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.

2010 Ford Escape electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2010 Ford Escape:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #134

Apr 192015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Took my car to harrold Ford on howe avenue dealership and was told that the car has been worked on and picked up the car and didn't get far and the car stalled. Re-started the car and barely made it back home and called harrold Ford and told them what had happened and they told me to bring the car back and we had it towed to their facility again and received a call in the afternoon and was told that the car is ready to be picked up and we drive over there and the car stalled after a couple of blocks and had it towed to their facility again and the next day we received a call from harrold Ford and told us that there is nothing they can do for us and to pick up my car. " your car is a salvaged title" we took the car home via tow truck and we had a mechanic take a look at the throttle body and he said that it was never replaced! I feel that the couple of times that we drove that car put me and my grandchildren in a great danger and I thank god that we didn't get into an accident and the car only drove 2 blocks and I told harrold Ford that we brought my car for recall parts and now my car is not even drivable. Totally dead!

- California, CA, USA

problem #133

Dec 162014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
My car cut off while I was driving & when I was at a stop light. The car came to a sudden stop in the middle of an intersection (completely losing all power) a large SUV swerved to prevent from hitting me. I immediately took the car to the vic bailey Ford, they kept my car on & off for 5 days. Charging me $98 for a diagnostic test (that they stated revealed nothing about the problem) & then they turned around & charged me #130 for a new battery, the car continued to cut off on me. They kept my car for another 3 days. Finally they called me & told me to come pick up the car. The service dept. Stated that they didn't know what was wrong w/ the car, but they knew something was wrong w/ it. They told me to wait til the problem got worst. They sent me home w/ a car that cuts off constantly, they don't care that I need to drive a dependable car. I'm an educator/state employee that doesn't have all this money to keep putting my car into the shop & missing days from work. They donżżT care that I have a young son who rides in that car w/ me to school. They don't care that by driving that car my life & my son life is (was) put in danger. All they saw was a black single mother that they thought they could tell anything to. I have spoken with the service mgr. (no help) Ford rep (no help) the customer service mgr. (no help). It is awful, that in 2015 an America woman is treated w/ such disrespect & pushed to the side. Ford made this car, they sale this car, so they should be able to fix the car. Ford should make reliable cars for the consumer. Who is suppose to help when the big vic bailey Ford, vic bailey Honda, vic bailey Ford repair shop, Ford Motor Company, & Ford service all do nothing to fix this issue? by putting this information out to the public I hope to make others aware of the treatment that I have received & make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

- Spartanburg , SC, USA

problem #132

Dec 012014


  • miles
2010 Ford Escape. Consumer stated periodically, he had difficulty inserting the key into the ignition.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #131

Jun 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


While making a left turn, the vehicle stalled and went into limp mode. Turned ignition off, waited 10 minutes, then cranked vehicle, and it ran normally...updated 12/04/14

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #130

Oct 292014


  • 32,000 miles
The first time this happened I was coming to a stop during rush hour traffic in Feb 2014. I was slowing down to stop when I noticed the red battery & wrench light come on. When I tried to accelerate the vehicle wouldn't move & the engine was off. I attempted to restart the vehicle several times with no luck. The dash lights & radio would work but it wouldn't start. I had to be pushed out of traffic. While waiting for the tow truck I tried again & it started (approximately after 15 min). I immediately took it to the Ford dealer. They "supposedly" fixed it under a recall. It just happened again (Oct 2014) to me while coming to a stop during rush hour. Again the lights turned red and the engine died. I attempted to restart several times without any luck. The dash lights & radio worked but it wouldn't start. Finally after several attempts it started again. I'm waiting for my appointment with the Ford dealer. This issue needs to be reviewed before someone gets seriously hurt given that the engine dies without notice. Plus the "repair" didn't work!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #129

Jun 252014


  • miles
I was driving along and my car stopped receiving input from the gas pedal at 50 mph entering the highway. This happened a month ago. This has happened twice as well as my car taking off when I accelerate from stopped position. Today 7/31/14 the gas pedal failed to work again when in a turn thank god nobody was behind me. You guys know there is a throttle body issue with all these Ford Escapes but yet you let them get away with this. Does someone have to die from a rear end collision because the throttle stays closed on the highway? people's lives are at stake here. My wife and kid are in this car what happens I go to pull out and it decides to just stay stuck halfway into the lane bam I get T boned then have to sue everyone that knew about this issue.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #128

Jul 302014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 96,632 miles


Vehicle had exited from freeway and was stopped on an exit ramp stop light. When gas was pushed to move vehicle from stopped position, the engine accelerated but the vehicle would not move forward. Initially, the wrench light appeared on dash and then later, this disappeared and the check engine light came on. Vehicle was taken to a nearby auto parts facility where a computer code evaluation was completed- this yielded the same code appearing 3 times: A problem involving the throttle actuator control system sensor. The technician stated that when the same problem code appears 3 times during the check, this accurately pin-points the problem.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #127

Jan 232014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,125 miles
While driving at 55mph on road. I lost all power to gas pedal the car was hard to steer to the side of the road. Put car in park shut car off.waited a few minutes an started car up. It ran this happens 2 or 3 times on the same day then it might not happen again for a week or two this a ongoing problem that Ford should place a safety recall not on soft customer satisfaction program#13no3 this is a serious safety issue.

- Frankfort, NY, USA

problem #126

Jul 022014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 61,250 miles
While traveling on I495 at a steady highway speed of 68mph the car without warning dropped to idle speed with rapid deceleration. The engine did not shut down but ran approx. 800-900rpm. We pulled to the side of the to avoid being hit from behind. I had to shut the car off and restart to get any throttle response. I traveled off the interstate on slower roads to get home for fear of this happening at high speed again. It has happened three more time both at high speed and acceleration from a stop. It was back to the Ford dealer for the recall 13B17 on 7/7/14. There have been two more events of no power from stop and low power at highway speed since the tsb was performed. No parts have been replaced, no codes set.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #125

Jan 262011

Escape 6-cyl

  • 2,900 miles
I had just turned left under an underpas and was in the middle lane under an overpass I remember thinking "wow. This is apowerful engine." A car was coming in front of me and when I brake it did not slow down and I hit the car and that's all I remember when I came too the horn was blowing and two people were pounding on my windows and my emergency bag had deployed, I was released. They gave me first aid until the ambulance came, treated me and took me to the emergency room. The other driver was not injured. They kept me overnight. I believe because I had a concussion. I was very confused. They kept me overnight and went home the next day. The damage to my vehicle was in access of $16,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #124

Jun 132014


  • 53,400 miles


While traveling 60 mph on I-45 South of houston, tx. My 2010 Ford Escape lost power. I immediately had to maneuver across 3 lanes of traffic while coasting to a stop. Luckily I was not hit!!! I turned the vehicle off and allowed it to sit for a few minutes. I restarted it and the orange wrench symbol appeared on the dash. I turned it off and restarted it again. This time the malfunction indicator lamp came on. I drove the vehicle home with limited operation, decreased engine power and vehicle speed. I experienced failure one more time during this trip. When I had the diagnostic trouble codes (dtc) pulled it was P2111, "throttle body stuck open." Researching it on the internet revealed NHTSA action number PE13003.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #123

Apr 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
The back hatch will not open. There's no clicking sound when locking or unlocking. The window does open and close.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #122

Jun 072014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The first incident occurred approximately 2months ago (April 2014) as I was driving on a state road (new circle rd in lexington ky)at around 60mph during my morning commute around 8am. The vehicle seemingly stalled but all the systems were fine (still had power steering, lights, radio, braking system etc) with the exception of the accelerator which didn't do anything when I put my foot on the gas. I was able to coast over to the side of the road turned the engine off, sat for about 5 mins & was able to continue on the road without further issue (the check engine light didn't even come back on). The most recent date was 06/07/14 with my family in the car as passengers. I was at a stoplight turning left when, as previously, the engine stalled as I was turning. Again, all systems registered and were working but when I put my foot on the gas nothing happened. Again I was luckily able to coast to the side of the road and turn off the engine. This time after waiting roughly 5 mins and turning the engine back on, nothing happened after I hit the accelerator. I turned the engine back off and waited an additional 5 mins. This time I was able to give the car gas and as my home was nearby was thankfully able to make it to my house. The check engine light however did not go off as it had previously. I took the car to my dealership on 06/09/14 and they confirmed that it was the throttle body.

- Lexington , KY, USA

problem #121

Apr 012014


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the air conditioner function failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the desiccant filter fractured as a result, the air conditioner unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 32,500. Drrk

- Teaneck , NJ, USA

problem #120

Dec 102013


  • 80,000 miles
Since December, I have had several warning lights appear on my dash. It started with a low tire light. I visually checked the tires and saw nothing wrong with them so I kept an eye on them. After about a week, the light went off. No reason. It has happened three other times since then. Next came the fuel fill indicator light while on a trip over 300 miles from home. After a few days it went off. Came on one other time since then. Next was the check engine light. It came on when on another trip over 300 miles from home. Still on a few days later so I went to auto zone for the free test. They told me it could be either the gas cap, which it doesn't come with, or a leak. Vak leak system. P1111 seems by discussion boards that this is happening to a lot of people! www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-T35733_ds539369.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #119

May 032014


  • 51,000 miles
When traveling at approx 50 mph, the engine made an automatic de acceleration, with the rpms going to 1000. Even when stepping on the gas pedal, the rpms did not change and the car came to a very slow speed just over idle speed. A wrench symbol appeared in the indicator lights. I placed in park and turned off the car. When restarting, the wrench symbol went away and the car drove normal for about 20 miles until the same thing happened. It appears that something in the computer brains is telling the engine to shut down. This happened a few more times over weekend and thankfully I was not in heavy traffic and was able to pull off to the shoulder. Today is May 4, 2014 and tomorrow I plan to take the car into Ford dealership on sterling Virginia. I have read recent complaints from Ford Escape owners that match exactly my problem. This is obviously unsafe and should be reported as a re call.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #118

Mar 312014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 29,790 miles
On Dec.31 at approximately 2 P.M. I was driving South on citrus ave. I was going 55 mph and my vehicle started losing speed. I moved to the side of the road. I turned off the ignition and when I restarted the car it ran as normal. Prior to that, on several occasions upon starting from a stop I had noticed faster acceleration than the amount of pressure I was applying to the gas pedal.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #117

May 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
For the past 8 months my Escape has been stalling while I am driving or at a stop light, and when I am at a complete stop the car moves forward without stepping on the gas pedal!!!

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #116

Nov 072012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 36,100 miles
Right after the warranty went out the vehicle starting slamming from 1st into 2nd upon acceleration. The idle is very rough and quite loud, the engine makes a funny noise and I take extremely good care of my vehicle, getting all of the scheduled oil changes on time, replacing the air filter, etc. I also explained to them that the vehicle wasn't idling properly and that the engine used to be quiet. The windshield is extremely thin as well, a small pebble hit my windshield causing a 8 inch crack in a matter of minutes to where it was beyond getting it fixed. Then liftgate started giving me problems. When you press the button, it would make the sound, but sometimes open, then on May 17, 2013 it just quit working all together. On May 18, 2013, I took it to reynolds Ford for a scheduled oil change right before a trip to Mexico and upon telling them about it, they wanted $250 just to look at it before parts and labor. Now, the rear blinker doesn't work and you can't replace it due to the fact that you can't get the liftgate to open in order to remove the rear taillight assembly. So, when you are trying to make a left turn, vehicles behind you don't know you are turning and almost hit you (safety hazard). You also can't change a flat tire since you can get to the jack, which is in the rear compartment accessed through the liftgate. This is a serious problem as there is no manual release for the hatch to get it open period, once the latch doesn't work, it just doesn't work.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #115

Nov 062013


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape XLT. The contact stated that the fuel light illuminated followed by the check engine warning light illuminating. Several days later, the vehicle failed to start. The dealer was notified and stated that the ignition switch would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000. The vehicle was not repaired.

- Dallas, TX, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?