• Apr 11, 2007
Ford is recalling more than 500,000 Escapes after receiving reports from 50 owners of engine fires from 50 owners. Ford says the fires were caused by improperly installed ABS units on 2001-2004 models, and did not result in any accidents or injuries. Missing or improperly installed seals could allow water or other liquids could get into the units' wiring harnesses, causing a short, and possibly, underhood fires.

Ford dealers will inspect each of the recalled SUVs and repair or replace faulty ABS modules. The recall potentially affects 488,480 Escapes sold in the U.S. and about 75,000 sold in Canada, Mexico and Europe. Hybrid Escapes are not included in the recall.

Read the NHTSA investigation summary on the jump.

[Source: AP via Yahoo] NHTSA Action Number: PE06048 NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: N/A

Make: FORD Model: ESCAPE
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Year : 2002
Component :
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE

Date Investigation Opened : October 30, 2006
Date Investigation Closed : Open
Summary:
THE OFFICE OF DEFECTS INVESTIGATION (ODI) HAS RECEIVED EIGHT COMPLAINTS ON FORD ESCAPE SUBJECT VEHICLES THAT ALLEGE A NON-CRASH RELATED FIRE ORIGINATING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AT OR NEAR THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS) ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE. IN ADDITION, ODI HAS RECEIVED TWO REPORTS ON FORD ESCAPE SUBJECT VEHICLES THAT ALLEGE THERMAL EVENTS OR OTHER FIRE-RELATED PHENOMENA ORIGINATING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AT OR NEAR THE ABS CONTROL MODULE, AS EVIDENCED BY SMOKE, ARCING AND/OR MELTED ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS AND ASSOCIATED WIRING. TO DATE, ODI HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY COMPLAINTS RELATED TO THE ALLEGED DEFECT ON MAZDA TRIBUTE SUBJECT VEHICLES DESPITE BEING SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR TO THE FORD ESCAPE SUBJECT VEHICLES. THE ABS CONTROL MODULE IS AN ON-BOARD DIAGNOSTIC AND CONTROL COMPUTER CONSISTING OF TWO MICROPROCESSORS AND THE NECESSARY CIRCUITRY FOR THEIR OPERATION THAT MONITORS SYSTEM OPERATION DURING NORMAL DRIVING AS WELL AS DURING ANTI-LOCK BRAKING EVENTS. IT IS LOCATED DIRECTLY BENEATH THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER AND BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR AND IS AFFIXED TO THE ABS HYDRAULIC CONTROL UNIT (HCU) WHICH CONTAINS THE BRAKE PRESSURE CONTROL VALVE BLOCK AND PUMP MOTOR. THE ABS CONTROL MODULE IS LOCATED IN A CIRCUIT THAT IS POWERED AT ALL TIMES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE KEY IS IN THE IGNITION SWITCH OR NOT. FIVE COMPLAINANTS HAVE ALLEGED “KEY OFF” ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRES THAT OCCURRED SOME TIME AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED, THREE OF WHICH HAVE OCCURRED SINCE JULY 2006. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE SUBJECT VEHICLES ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH THAT WAS THE SUBJECT OF PREVIOUS ODI INVESTIGATIONS EA02-025 AND EA05-005. A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION HAS BEEN OPENED TO ASSESS THE FREQUENCY, SCOPE AND SAFETY CONSEQUENCES OF THE ALLEGED DEFECT.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought the argument when Toyota & Honda recall is that this is not a bad thing? LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      #4
      Is Toyota reall that bad with sludge? I see a lot of toytas with over 100K on the odo still going strong
      • 7 Years Ago
      #1, I would also say it's repetitively redundant wouldn't you also say that also? We are all agreed then ha ha.

      P.S. I am in agreement
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ya know, *most* companies fix dangerous problems like these after the first year. Glad to know it took Ford four years to fix this problem. Although when a Ford has an engine fire, you never know if it's this, or the cruise control, or...
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the doubting Thomas this report was published by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .
      • 7 Years Ago

      Ford is to Fire what Toyota is to sludge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #10, I was literally laughing so hard at your coment everybody in my office is looking at me like I'm insane... made my day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      well 2 days ago my 2002 ford escape caught fire. I have not gotten my recall letter yet. but i did call ford and it has been hell. they should compensate you for the mental anguish they cause. i mean you can look at it and see it was the abs module and those wires right around it that caught on fire.
      • 7 Years Ago
      .01% of those 500,000 had fires...that's not exactly a widespread problem that would get picked up and fixed after the first model year...

      And YES there are plenty more Ford's than Toyotas driving around with over 100,000 miles on them...

      And Rastus, if you leave your baby in a car alone, even for just a second, than you are a complete and total moron...

      My mom has an Escape and loves it, she intends on buying another one. Everybody I know, including myself, that has driven an Escape loves them...

      So 50 Escapes have a problem and suddenly ALL of Ford sucks? Get over yourselves...Toyota and Honda have many problems, do some research and you will find out...or you could just continue to live in denial because you have nothing better to do with your pathetic lives than bash on a car company because of some grudge over something that happened probably almost 10 years ago...

      If in 10 years the tables turn and Toyota and Honda cars suck, are you still going to buy them just because 10 years ago they were great cars? Didn't think so...
      • 7 Years Ago
      were there any hybrid escapes in 2004?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So completely ignoring the fact that there is a real potential for over 20M Fords sold in the last 20 years seems to have just flown way over your head.

      Note I never made mention that Japanese cars don't have faults or are superior. I fact I own an American car, an European car and an Japanese car right now. If I smell bullsh!t it's coming from your keyboard.

      Now last time I checked there isn't a site dedicated to Toyota's catching on fire like there is Ford. Seems if you're going to have to recall something might as well be b/c it'll blow up or burn something down.

      Now I'm thinking for those 50 Escape owners you can write each of them a nice letter explaining why they should be thankful that they are only a minor statistic and that their crispy Ford is still a great vehicle. Then ask them to park it in their garage - the one right below the master bedroom!
      • 7 Years Ago
      that hurts.
      this also effect the Merc Mariner also?... correct?

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