Seven years ago, Ford recalled about 470,000 Escape crossovers from its 2002-2004 model years to fix a troublesome accelerator cable. But the Center for Auto Safety says those repairs may have caused another problem.

The original recall was to implement a fix that prevented the accelerator cable from getting caught on the pedal. The defect could keep the engine from idling. But CARS says the recommended repairs could easily damage the vehicle's cruise control cable which could lead to unintended acceleration.

CARS says the new problem can be linked to at least one fatal accident and documents several other complaints from owners. Ford says it's conducting an investigation into the complaints.

The Center, though, says Ford knew of the problem early on in the recall and points to a memo to Ford dealers as evidence. The bulletin contained updated illustrations and a "warning regarding the correct procedures to follow when replacing the accelerator cable." The update specifically notes cruise control cables could be damaged during the recall repairs.

Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director of the Center, reportedly intends to tell Ford CEO Alan Mulally to dispense with the investigation and "to get it over with now."

In an email to The New York Times, Ford expressed its sympathies to the family of the teenager who died and said, "We are in the midst of our investigation, and we have not reached any conclusions. We will work closely with NHTSA to determine the cause of the crash and will take appropriate action if warranted by the outcome of the investigation."


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      nowyouvedunit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just like the cruise control fires. My recall was fix but my 2001 F- 150 still burned to the ground. Yes Ford will offer it's sympathies with a '" TOUGH " That's FORD TOUGH.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heh, this isn't even the most recent recall that I'm waiting on. Right now it's the brake booster cap failure which corrodes the wires in the ABS causing fires. I'm still waiting on Ford to repair the truck and was told not to park in a garage or near buildings. 2002 Escape V6 4x4 174,000 miles. * Rear lift-gate bolt sheared right off leaving my rear window hanging at 70mph on the freeway. * New motor @ 151,000. * 3rd Alternator most recent at 134,000. * COPs replaced and the OEMs crack in the same place over and over. * Rear lock mechanism fails to unlock %50 of the time forcing me to crawl back there and pry the door molding off to manually release the lever. * Coolant leaked constantly when the vehicle was young. Yeah I'll be the first to admit I made a mistake when purchasing this vehicle. I moved to a snowy climate with a 1997 Mustang Cobra as my main vehicle. Eventually realized a 4x4 was necessary to keep my job after weeks of snow and no way to drive. Then I traded the Cobra for an Evo and realized I was an idiot for buying a 4x4 instead of a better AWD sports car that can do both from one car payment. Never again will I make this mistake again. Oh and the V6 was offered auto-only and drains my soul to drive.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're on the Edge of losing customers, and really need to Focus on these Escapes, or the competition will be having a Fiesta.
      in Tyler we trust
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford: "Hey dealers, Dont damage the cruise control cable while you're doing this recall." Dealer: "Okay Ford! We wont." **Cruise control cable gets damaged anyway** Sounds like Ford did the right thing and the dealers are the ones who screwed up.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jerry--ZL1
      • 2 Years Ago
      IIts the Pinto all river again :} Hahaha
      Jerry--ZL1
      • 2 Years Ago
      -Over-
      Toyota_Fanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      FORD = Found On Rubbish Dump
      Gerald Thompson
      • 6 Months Ago
      My 2003 Escape cruise control does not work because of the repair made to the accelerator recall and repair issue. What is Ford going to do about this??? Do we get our cruise control back???
      Tommy
      • 2 Years Ago
      FORD = FIX OR REPAIR DAILY
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, there's a cable for cruise control????
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        It's pretty common for vehicles that didn't have DBW throttles.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        Easy to tell - if there's two cables attached to the throttle body then bingo! One is for cruise control.
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