Notes: The 2013 Ford Escape has been in the news quite a bit and for all the wrong reasons. Within a few months of its release the SUV was recalled three times, twice because of engine fires.

In July 2012, due to a fuel line that could split and leak, Ford told owners to park their cars because even driving to the dealership for repairs was deemed too dangerous. Instead, in a somewhat unprecedented move, Ford sent tow trucks to pick up the affected vehicles and handed out rental cars while the owners waited for repairs.

A few months later the Escape was recalled again because antifreeze could leak out onto the engine due to a freeze plug becoming dislodged. As the coolant hit the hot engine there was, once again, a threat for fire.

The 2013 is the first model year of the Escape's 3rd generation and proves once again that you want to avoid the first model year when at all possible.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,861 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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2013 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #5

May 222016


  • 26,000 miles


I have a 2013 Ford Escape with 26000 miles, oem tire are Continental contitac pro 235/50/18 H.the tire have premature failure with chuncks of rubber visibly detached from the tread base. I have contacted Continental requesting an adjustment, their response was there is no mileage warranty on oem do I persuade Continental to adjust this set of tire. I have no choice but replace the set as they are not safe. Robert siegel

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 072011


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. That vehicle was equipped with Continental conti pro contact tires, size 235/550R18 (na). While the vehicle was at an independent mechanic for routine inspection, the front tires were found with premature steel belt separation. One of the front tires was replaced. The contact also stated that the rear tires exhibited sidewall failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The tire and vehicle failure mileage was 35,000.

- Lithia , FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 182013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 28,856 miles
My 16 year old daughter was driving at approximately 25 mph on residential street having just complete a left turn when her front left front tire blew out causing her to lose control of he car and hit the curb. The collision with the curb resulted in damage to the front left rim.the treads on tires appeared to be in good shape the car had only 28,856 miles on it and the vehicle was only a year old. We placed all the tires after reading similar stories about Continental tires on the internet. I have been driving for 32 years and have very experienced anything close to this on relatively new car/ tires.

- St Charles, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012014


  • 19,450 miles
I was driving on ih 10 in san antonio going approximately 65 miles per hour in my 2013 Ford Escape that I have had for just over a year. I have approximately 19,500 miles on these tires. My rear passenger tire blew out (literally the tread blew right off the sidewall) and ripped the plastic skirting off my passenger side of my car. We changed to the spare and took the car to the dealership where I was told my Continental contiprocontact tire would be sent back to Continental to determine if it was covered under warranty- after reading the multiple complaints, we will now be changing all 4 of our tires (this is after spending about $175 yesterday on a new Continental so that we could attempt to file a warranty claim). The tire in question is Continental conti pro contact 235/55R 17. At this point, the best that we can hope for is that they will give us "up to 62% reimbursement" per the dealer because of my mileage, regardless of the fact that there was plenty of tread depth left on the tire and I had not punctured it or run over anything other than roadway.

- Adkins, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012


  • miles
Warning light failed to go on for a flat tire. Light went on when tire was removed. After temporary tire was put on 3 different lights kept flashing on and off when driven.

- Lindstrom, MN, USA

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