Ford Escape Recall Information
NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles; SEATS
APRIL 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013, and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013. The driver and passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame. The affected seat backs may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems." The back of the subject seats may become loose or lean while driving and potentially increase the risk of injury in certain crashes. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seatback, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 19, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14C03. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles; LOWER CONTROL ARM
APRIL 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles manufactured October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm. A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Ford expects to send an interim notification around May 19, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the part installed. If customers bring their vehicles to a dealer before reinforcement crossbraces are available, dealers will inspect the subframe and either inform customers that the vehicle is safe to drive until the remedy parts are available or provide a rental vehicle until parts are available if an immediate repair is needed. Ford's number for this recall is 14S02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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NEWS: Ford recalling 2013 Escape SUVs for fire risks
NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is issuing two new recalls for fire risks in some 2013 Ford Escape SUVs, after it received new reports of engine fires.
Ford said it is recalling nearly 140,000 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6L engines in the United States because they may experience underhood fires due to overheating of the engine cylinder head leading to cracks causing oil leaks. Ford said it is 161,334 2013 Ford Escape SUVs worldwide after they had reports of 13 additional fires — including Canada — stemming from the engine issue. No injuries have been reported.
Of those vehicles, Ford is issuing a second recall to cover 9,469 2013 Escapes in the U.S. that will need to be inspected in order to prevent a fuel leak that could also potentially result in an engine compartment fire. The subset recall is 11,821 worldwide in total.
Owners will be notified by late January to take the SUVs to a dealer to have "enhancements to the engine shielding, cooling and control systems made to their vehicles.”
These are the fourth and fifth recalls that Ford has issued to address fire problems with the Escape. Overall Ford has issued six recalls for the 2013 Escape.
Ford said it "has received warranty reports of fuel odor or leaks related to engine compartment fuel lines on 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles that were previously fixed" under an earlier recall. "Subsequent investigation by Ford identified that some engine compartment fuel lines may have been installed incorrectly by service technicians."
That may create “a chafe condition," and Ford said since the recall, the "chafe condition has resulted in reports of fuel odor and leaks but there have been no reports of fires, accidents or injuries attributed to this condition. A subset of the population will also have the engine compartment fuel line inspected and replaced as required."
In November 2012, Ford issued its third fire recall on its 2013 Ford Escape. The automaker recalled 89,000 Escapes and Ford Fusions for fire risks — and said it didn't have a fix. About 10 days later, Ford unveiled a software upgrade to fix the vehicles. Before it had a fix, Ford urged owners of the vehicles with 1.6-liter engines to contact dealers immediately to get alternative transportation.
Ford said it issued the recall after reports of engine overheating followed by engine fires while the vehicle was running. There were reports of 13 fires, including 12 in Escapes.
In September 2012, Ford issued another recall for its 2013 Ford Escape, saying an improperly installed part could lead to a risk of a fire.
That recall covered 7,600 2013 Escape SUVs built with 1.6-liter engines, including 6,150 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada. Ford said the recall is to prevent a dislodged plug in the engine cylinder head.
In July 2012, Ford recalled 11,500 new 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines and urged owners to stop driving them immediately because of fire dangers caused by damaged fuel lines. In that recall, the risk stemmed from a possible damaged fuel line that may lead to a significant fuel leak that could lead to a fire if the vehicle is running.
"Those are great lessons learned. We're dealing with them now," Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally said in January. "We were very disappointed it happened on a fantastic vehicle. ... We're always learning new things and we'll fix the process."
Overall, Ford has issued six recalls for the 2013 Escape.
In mid-July, Ford issued its first 2013 Escape recall. More than 10,000 new Escapes were recalled because incorrectly positioned carpet padding could lead to interference with braking.
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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine subject to prior safety recall NHTSA 12V-336. In some cases, the engine compartment fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall. The misinstalled fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Ford's recall number is 13S12. This recall is in addition to NHTSA recall 12V-336. All covered vehicles, regardless of being remedied under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles: ENGINE: OIL LEAK
NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through June 2, 2013 and equipped with 1.6L engines. The affected vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak. Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Ford's recall number is 13S12. For some of the vehicles included in this campaign, this recall is in addition to NHTSA recall 12V-551. All covered vehicles, regardless of being inspected and repaired under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Focus and C-Max vehicles and 2013 Escape vehicles
MARCH 2013 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Focus and C-Max vehicles built from November 16, 2012, through November 21, 2012; and model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from November 14, 2012, through November 21, 2012. The left rear door child lock was built incorrectly. As a result, the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal force to activate the child lock. The operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged. However, the door may be opened from the inside, increasing the risk of injury to an unrestrained child. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected rear door latches, and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 25, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V085000
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NEWS: Feds probe 724K Ford models over power loss
FEBRUARY 2013 -- Federal safety regulators have opened a new safety investigation into 724,000 Ford Escape, Fusion and Mercury models over hundreds of reports of sudden loss of engine power.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it has opened a preliminary investigation into the 2009-11 Ford Escape and Fusion, and Mercury Mariner and Milan. NHTSA said it has 123 reports indicating allegations of reduced power or vehicle stall in Escape vehicles under investigation.
Ford made a design change in 2009 to address complaints but did not recall the vehicles. NHTSA said there have been 27,500 warranty claims for the issue, along with reports of three crashes and one injury. Ford has received more than 1,400 complaints about the issue.
"We are cooperating fully with NHTSA on this investigation, as we do on all investigations," said Ford spokeswomanr.
Vehicles manufactured between June 2009 and October 2009 may contain contaminated circuit boards with plating variations, NHTSA said. Plating variations could lead to a failure. Ford and its supplier, Delphi Corp., modified the manufacturing process and issued a technical service bulletin in October 2010, NHTSA said.
Vehicles produced after Oct. 15, 2009 have electronic throttle bodies manufactured with a new process that resolved this condition, the government said. The bulletin instructed dealers to replace the throttle body on a number of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Depending on the condition of throttle control system malfunction, a driver may experience varying levels of reduced engine performance.
Vehicles are not likely to unexpectedly stall as a result, but drivers may describe it as a stall even though the engine is still running, NHTSA said. Separately, NHTSA said it received 59 complaints alleging incidents of engine stalling while driving in model year 2010-11 Ford Fusions.
About 60 percent of the incidents occurred at speeds of 40 miles per hour or more.
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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape and Fusion vehicles
DECEMBER 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through November 26, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines; and 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012, through November 29, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines. The engines may overheat leading to fluid leaks that may come in contact with the hot exhaust system. Fluid leaks in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot exhaust system may result in a fire. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Until the recall remedy has been performed, Ford is advising owners to contact their dealer or call the Ford telephone hotline to arrange alternate transportation. The safety recall began on December 7, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S41. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V-551
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NEWS: Ford recalls 89K Escapes, Fusions over engine fires
NOVEMBER 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. issued its fourth recall Friday for its 2013 Ford Escape SUV, citing a fire risk.
The recall affects 73,320 Escapes, as well as 15,833 midsized 2013 Ford Fusions. Some 80,000 of the recalled vehicles were in the U.S.
It's the latest setback for the Escape, introduced in June and a key vehicle in Ford's lineup.
The Dearborn automaker urged owners of the vehicles with 1.6-liter engines to contact dealers immediately, to arrange loaners. But unlike an earlier Escape recall, this one didn't caution drivers to stop driving them.
"We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers," .. director of Ford's automotive safety office, said in a statement. "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety."
The recall is for Escape and Fusion SE and SEL models with a 1.6-liter engine.
The company said it has not yet established repair procedures, and can't say when owners will be able to get their cars fixed. Ford spokesman .. said engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks, which may come in contact with a hot exhaust system and trigger a fire.
"We're developing a fix which is designed to keep the fluids from reaching the hot exhaust components," he said. "We'll update our customers as soon as we can."
Ford said it received 13 reports of engine fires that followed overheating. No injuries have been reported.
Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration late Friday that the first report of an Escape fire was Sept. 7 in Florida from a vehicle that didn't have an engine dipstick, which allowed oil to be expelled. A second fire was reported Sept. 24 in Virginia and a third fire Oct. 22 in Arizona. Since Nov. 8, Ford has become aware of five more fires. Ford formed a task force Nov. 12 to investigate the fires, finding a pattern.
The fire issue may stick in some people's minds but with so much recall news today, consumers are likely to remember less about it over time, said Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst for automotive research site Edmunds.com. "Over the long term, it's not going to do a lot of damage" to sales, Caldwell said.
Manager of product analysis for AutoPacific Inc., said a recall involving the high-volume 1.6-liter engine means anything that goes wrong with it will affect a lot of customers,
Ford issued its first 2013 Escape recall in July, saying incorrectly positioned carpet padding may lead to interference with braking in more than 10,000 vehicles.
Also that month, Ford recalled 11,500 2013 Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines and urged owners to stop driving them immediately because of fire dangers. Ford says more than 90 percent of those have been fixed — and the number may be higher because dealers have 30 days to submit reimbursement claims.
The third recall, on 7,600 1.6-liter Escapes, came in September; Ford said an improperly installed part could lead to a fire risk.
Customers should contact their dealer for free alternative transportation. U.S. owners can call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers can call 888-222-7814 for details on securing transportation.
Ford says customers can find out if their vehicle is part of the recall by checking their VIN number on Ford.com under the Support tab and View Notices and Recalls, or by contacting their dealer.
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NEWS: Ford recalling 2013 Escape for fire risks
SEPTEMBER 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is issuing a third recall for its redesigned 2013 Ford Escape SUV that went on sale in June, saying an improperly installed part could lead to a risk of fire.
The new recall covers 7,600 2013 Escape SUVs built with 1.6-liter engines, including 6,150 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada. This is the second recall for fire risks issued since July. The recalled vehicles were built between Oct. 5, 2011, and Aug. 31.
Ford says the recall is to prevent a dislodged cup plug in the engine cylinder head. A dislodged plug could result in an immediate discharge of engine coolant. Rapid loss of coolant could result in a combustible glycol concentration near hot engine components and create a risk of fire. The recall covers only manually installed cup plugs; Ford expects just 0.4 percent of vehicles recalled will have faulty parts..
Ford said it has no reports of fires from customers, but one fire in an Escape SUV on a dealer lot was reported in Tennessee. The fire took place during a pre-delivery drive. Ford said a dealer employee was taking the vehicle on a test drive before it was to be delivered to a customer and noticed steam. He quickly returned to the dealership, and that's when the vehicle caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished at the dealership and no one was injured.
Ford learned of the fire on Aug. 8 and decided to recall the vehicles after a 19-day investigation.
Dealers will install an additional plug sealant, and a secondary cap will be installed over the original plug. The repair will take 31/2 hours and parts are in stock. READ MORE....
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SEPTEMBER 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant. As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 10, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S39. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V-431
NEWS: Ford recalls 2001-2004 Escape SUVs for Unintended Acceleration
JULY 2012 -- In the face of a new government investigation, Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling nearly 485,000 Escapes and other SUVs to repair sticky gas pedals that can lead to unintended acceleration incidents. It comes less than two weeks after a safety advocacy group wrote Ford president.. urging him to recall the vehicles. The recall covers 423,000 2001-2004 Escape SUVs with 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control and 60,000 outside the U.S.
Ford said because of a lack of clearance between the cruise control cable, when a driver has the cruise control engaged, they may not be able to disengage the throttle...The NHTSA has 99 reports alleging incidents of stuck throttles in 2001-2004 Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes with V6 engines. Of the total, 68 reports are from Escape owners; 31 are from owners of model year 2001 through 2004 Tributes. Thirteen crashes and 9 injuries were reported.
In December 2004, Ford recalled 470,000 2002-2004 Escapes, describing an accelerator cable assembly defect that could cause the throttle to stick. That same month, Mazda, which sold a nearly identical vehicle, recalled 121,000 2002-2004 Tribute SUVs. Ford sent dealers an updated repair procedure in October 2005, with updated illustrations and a warning to help prevent damage to the speed control cable while replacing the accelerator cable. Mazda did not issue a similar notice.
But by that time, nearly 320,000 Escapes from the 2002-2004 model years already were fixed, and their owners never were informed of the updated procedure. The 2002 Ford Escape that crashed Arizona., .was fixed in January 2005, before the repair update. Ford said it only learned of the death from NHTSA and inspected the vehicle on June 20. That review prompted Ford to begin a review of the data and the company's field review committee decided to recall the vehicles on Monday. NHTSA has been investigating the crash since early this year. It obtained the police report and has sought additional information from the teen's family.
"The defective accelerator cable caused high idles, but the damaged cruise control cable caused far worse open-throttle accelerations by breaking the cruise cable protective guide which allowed the connector end of the cable to jam against the engine cover," Clarence Ditlow, executive of the Center for Automotive Safety, said in a July 10 letter to Ford CEO.
Ditlow urged a new recall for what he called a "lethal cruise control cable defect." "We ask that you exercise that moral leadership by recalling all Ford Escapes with the defective cruise control cable in the 2002-04 model years to avoid more deaths and injuries which would otherwise occur if Ford waits" for NHTSA to investigate, Ditlow wrote.
This is the third recall in two weeks for the Escape. Last week, Ford recalled 11,500 new 2013 models with 1.6-liter engines because the fuel lines could leak. The company also recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could interfere with brakes. READ MORE....
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JULY 2012 -- Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used. A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 6, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov 12V-353
NEWS: Ford recalls 2013 Escapes over fire risks, urges owners to stop driving SUVs
JULY 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. recalled 11,500 2013 Escape SUVs on Thursday over fire risks, and urged owners to immediately stop driving the vehicles. It's the latest setback for the redesigned vehicle that launched last month.
The recall covers Escapes with the 1.6-liter engine, which were built through July 11. Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected. Ford says it will replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, and could lead to an underhood fire.
The Dearborn automaker said three fires have been reported since June 9, including two being driven by employees at its Louisville Assembly plant and one by an owner in Canada. No injuries have been reported. After the third fire on July 11 at the plant, Ford halted shipments of Escapes with the 1.6-liter engine until it discovered the cause.
Ford is advising affected owners not to drive their vehicles and to contact their dealers immediately for the needed repair. Dealers will deliver a loaner vehicle to customers and will then transport their 2013 Escape to the dealership until the repair has been completed.
It is extremely rare for an automaker to urge owners to stop driving a vehicle.
"I think it's a lesson from Toyota, because (Toyota) didn't originally do that," said Edmunds.com senior analyst.., speaking of the Japanese automaker's struggles to properly recall vehicles with potential unintended acceleration issues in 2009 and 2010.
Ford spokeswoman ..said the automaker notified dealers on Wednesday, but didn't notify owners until Thursday because dealers had to be prepared to handle customer needs.
Because the fires were reported when the vehicles were running, Ford doesn't believe owners are at risk if vehicles are stored in garages. A vehicle being prepared for shipping on July 5 at the Lousiville Assembly plant had a fuel leak linked to the same fuel line problem.
The recall covers 9,300 vehicles in the United States and 2,200 in Canada. Of the vehicles being recalled, 4,800 have been purchased. READ MORE....
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NEWS: Ford recalling certain 2013 Ford Escape SUVs for braking issue
JULY 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 10,000 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs because mispositioned carpet padding may lead to interference with braking. The recall covers 8,266 Escapes in the U.S. and 2,193 in Canada. The Escapes being recalled were built at the Louisville Assembly Plant from March 8 through June 7.
The redesigned Escape went on sale in June and is a key vehicle for the Dearborn automaker. Ford plans to add a third shift in Kentucky by September to meet additional demand for the vehicle. Ford said in early June, an employee noted the space between the brake pedal and the center console left-side trim panel "which may result in the driver contacting the edge of the brake pedeal while transferring the foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal.
Ford said the issue could increase braking distance but says it has no reports of the problem happening with customers. Owners will be notified starting July 23. Ford dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace the left-side console trim panel with a new panel that has a new surface contour. Ford spokeswoman ..said Saturday the recall also covers "a few hundred" Escape vehicles in Mexico. No vehicles outside North America are affected.
She said no reports or complaints from customers have been received.....Ford sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice on July 2 in a letter that it was recalling the vehicles. But the notice didn't show up on a government website for more than 10 days.
JULY 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 escape vehicles manufactured from march 8, 2012 through june 7, 2012. Due to mis-positioned carpet padding the center console trim panel may be pushed outboard of the intended position, reducing clearance relative to the pedal package. The reduced clearance may result in the driver’s foot contacting the side of the brake pedal while transferring the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove the carpet padding and left-side console trim panel replaced with a new panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on july 23, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12s34. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-319
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NEWS: Government investigates Ford Escapes, Mazda Tribute
JULY 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation Tuesday into 730,000 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs that may have been improperly repaired after a 2004 recall and could have resulted in unintended acceleration.
The announcement comes after the fatal crash of a 2002 Ford Escape in January in Arizona that killed a 17-year-old driver that had been repaired before Ford updated its dealers on how to make the repairs. Ford recalled 2002-2004 470,000 Escapes in December 2004, describing an accelerator cable assembly defect that could present a stuck throttle risk.
Mazda — which sold a nearly identical vehicle — also recalled 121,000 2002-2004 Tribute SUVs in December 2004. In October 2005, Ford sent dealers an updated repair procedure with updated illustrations and a warning to help prevent damage to the speed control cable while performing the accelerator cable replacement procedure. Mazda never updated its procedures. But Ford never disclosed the updated procedure to the owners of more than 300,000 2002-2004 Escape owners that received repairs.
"The defective accelerator cable caused high idles, but the damaged cruise control cable caused far worse open-throttle accelerations by breaking the cruise cable protective guide which allowed the connector end of the cable to jam against the engine cover," said Center for Automotive Safety executive director ..in a July 10 letter to Ford CEO ..that urged a new recall. Ford didn't immediately comment on the investigation. NHTSA doesn't comment on pending investigations.
NHTSA has identified 99 reports alleging incidents of stuck 2001-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles built with V6 engines. Of the total, 68 reports are from owners of Ford Escapes; 31 are from owners of model year 2001 through 2004 Mazda Tributes.
Some of the complaints say the failure was caused by interference between the speed control cable and the appearance cover at the throttle body cam. Many say the failures may have been related to repairs performed as part of safety recalls initiated in 2004.
The investigation follows a petition filed this month by the Center for Auto Safety questioning whether thousands of 2002-2004 Escape vehicles may been damaged during a recall fix.
When Ford sent its dealers the update in October 2005, Ford had already repaired 319,506 vehicles.
The Center for Auto Safety said a January 2012 crash in Payson, Ariz., that killed 17-year-old Saige Bloom when her 2002 Ford Escape was the result of sudden unintended acceleration linked to a faulty repair. It had been repaired in January 2005, before the update.
NHTSA has been investigating the crash since early this year. It obtained the police report and has sought additional information from the deceased driver's family.
The agency rejected a call from the safety advocacy group to hold a formal hearing and said its decision to open a formal investigation was independent of the group's request.
Sudden unintended acceleration drew nationwide headlines in 2009 and 2010 when Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide for sticking accelerator pedals and pedals trapped in floor mats. Toyota paid nearly $50 million in fines for failing to recall vehicles in a timely fashion.
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NEWS: Ford recalls 525,000 vehicles for fire, power loss problems
JANUARY 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2001-2002 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 22, 1999, through July 19, 2002, equipped with a brake master cylinder reservoir cap that could leak brake fluid. If brake fluid leaks from the cap, it could come in contact with the antilock brake system (abs) module wiring harness connector. Corrosion can develop in the electrical connector leading to melting, smoke or a fire. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and the abs electrical system will be modified. Ford expects to notify owners starting the week of January 23, 2012. Due to a parts delay, however, the remedy may not be available at that time. If parts are not available, ford will instruct owners to park their vehicles outside until such time as parts become available. This recall campaign is related to 07v-156. Ford's safety recall number is 11s24. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 12V-005
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MAY 2010 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2010 Fusion, Milan, and Escape vehicles manufactured from February 27, through March 26, 2010. The park rod guide retention pin may not have been properly installed which fails to conform to the requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention". A vehicle parked without an engaged park pawl and without an applied parking brake may have unintended movement which may cause a crash. Ford will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall began on May 28, 2010. Ford's recall campaign number is 10C12. 10V-222
NEWS: Ford Recalls Escape SUVs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- April, 10, 2007 -- Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it was recalling more than 500,000 Ford Escape sport utility vehicles after receiving reports of engine fires linked to corrosion on antilock brake connectors.
NEWS: Ford Motor Co. will recall 6,164 Escape hybrid SUVs
DETROIT, Oct 10 (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling 6,164 Escape hybrid sport utility vehicles from 2006 model year because a drivetrain shaft may fracture..., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ford is also recalling 6,164 Escape hybrid sport utility vehicles from 2006 model year because a drivetrain shaft may fracture.
If a fracture occurred, it could cause the vehicle to move, even in the park position, NHTSA said.
Vehicles from 2006 model year may have problems with windshield wipers
WASHINGTON (AP) - November 17, 2005. Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 235,000 pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles from the 2006 model year because of potential problems with the windshield wiper motor.
The models include the E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450 vans, the Escape, Expedition and Explorer SUVs, F-150 and Ranger pickups and Taurus sedan. It also includes the Lincoln Navigator SUV and Lincoln Mark LT pickup and Mercury Mountaineer and Mariner SUV.
It is Ford’s second large recall in two days. On Wednesday, the automaker said it was recalling 220,000 vehicles from the 2005 model year amid concerns a battery cable rubbing against the frame could cause fires and worry that a fuel tank strap could separate after tens of thousands of miles. MORE...