Notes: The 2012 Ford Escape has an acceptable complaint history so far, with leaking rear window problems showing up as the main concern so far. NHTSA complaint data shows an early pattern of problems with stalling while driving.

Another concern is the 2012 Escape rolled onto its roof during an NHTSA side impact test so it only received a marginal side impact rating ... not good.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,394 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.

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2012 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 122015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. Upon entering the vehicle, the contact smelled an abnormal odor. The contact realized that the seats, floor boards, rugs, and windows were wet and foggy. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking water from the windows and the seals on the doors. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,000... updated 09/30/15

- Louieville , KY, USA

problem #3

May 162014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 42,983 miles
This document is in response to a frontal vehicle collision occurring May 16, 2014 on a major highway. At my request I requested the auto body repair shop to check the occupant restraint system. It was determined that the restraint system control module was initiative and probably has been since the car was built. Perhaps an investigation of the same, make, model, and year Ford SUV be considered. All supporting documentation is immediately available.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
On 3/23/13 my husband and I were stopped at a stop sign when a person hit us from behind at about 45 miles per hour, when this happened the front seats broke and fell into a laying position. This gave neither my husband nor me any support for our backs. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and my husband drove there. We found out that I had a herniation above my already fuzed back. My husband was perfectly healthy but after the accident, he has now a cracked vertebrae and 2 herniated disks.

- Memphis, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 192012


  • 5,595 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped when a vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not tighten. The rear of the driver's seat fractured as a result of the crash. The police arrived on scene and a report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene and taken to the dealer. The vehicle was neither repaired nor inspected for the air bag, seat belt and seat failures. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 5,595.

- Milford, CT, USA

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