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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,496 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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2012 Ford Escape brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 052016


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. While driving 40 mph, the traction control and ABS warning indicators remained illuminated. It was diagnosed that the ABS module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
When slowing down, the rear brakes make a rubbing sound like having a flat spot on the drums. Its been to the Ford dealer 3 times for the same sound. They say its normal. 1 year before when I bought the car, it never sounded that way. Even while parked and stepping on the brake pedal, it still sounds like springs are going to snap. I don't think this is normal.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 052014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 13,420 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated while having regular maintenance performed, the technician notified the contact that the front brakes were excessively corroded. As a result, both front brakes and rotors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 13,420. Updated 9/4/14 updated 12/18/2014

- St Augustine , FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 182012

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the brakes, traction control and power steering assist failed. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder to be restarted and it began to function normally. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.... updated 02/28/13

- Herron, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 012012

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and the pedal abruptly extended partially to the floor for a brief moment. The contact was able to continue driving as normal. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60. Updated 08/28/12 updated 08/28/12.

- Osceola, IN, USA

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