Last week, the Center for Auto Safety called on Ford to recall about 470,000 Escape utility vehicles to fix an "unintended acceleration" problem they say was caused by a previous recall repair program.

Now the CAS wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to include 85,000 platform-sharing 2002-2004 Mazda Tribute models that could have the same issue.

CAS says that under the 2005 recall program, the Tributes and Escapes may have suffered damage to cruise control cables that could lead to the vehicles speeding up without driver input. In a statement, Mazda said, "As always, we will cooperate fully with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in any investigation."

The CAS previously said in the initial recall, Ford had sent dealers modified repair instructions that warned of possible damage to cruise control cables. CAS, however, says Mazda did not change its instructions and that "there is no reason to believe Mazda dealers would be any better at avoiding damage to the cruise control cable than Ford dealers."


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      selzmuvdi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unintended accelleration is a myth- at least as far as the inability to slow a car that has gone to full throttle- if you don't believe me then you can do a very simple experiment to prove this is true- while travelling at highway speed or any other speed you choose (do not do this with any traffic around!!!!) floor the car and apply the brakes hard- the result- always- is that the car will slow down and eventually stop!!! THATS RIGHT FOLKS- THE ONLY WAY YOU GET UNINTENDED ACCELLERATION IS TO NOT STEP ON THE BRAKE!!! Most if not all cases of unintended accelleration are driver error- hitting the gas (with the same force you would use on the brake) and not the brake- that why its normally in a parking lot situation or objects caught in the pedals (floor mats or like). Sure there is some possiblitiy of a stuck throttle body or electrical malfunction- but again all that is required to be safe it to apply the brakes, slow down, pull safely off the road and shut the car off-
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there anybody here who doesn't know the Tribute and Escape are almost identical save some sheetmetal?
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Ford..."fix it" by making it worse. They have the most incompetant designers of any auto maker. And how funny is it that they have already had to recall the terribly ugly/mediocre 2013 "Escape" (ie Focus wagon) already? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Meet the new Ford, same as the old Ford.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      rmhilljr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda does not stand behind there products. I speek from experance.
      andromeda2mly
      • 2 Years Ago
      keep buying that foreign crap! the escape uses all mazda power train componets. then eveybody wonders why our economy is ****** up.
        Matthew Miller
        • 2 Years Ago
        @andromeda2mly
        Other way around. The Mazda Tribute uses a ford engine, a ford transmission, and was built by ford. Now what were you saying again?
      Patzy
      • 6 Months Ago
      Not sure if my 2001 Mazda Tribute is being recalled for repairs or not. Confusing. It has been a really trouble free vehicle since I bought it in 2002.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's sad to hear for me because we owned a 2004 Tribute and I have to say that it was one solid vehicle. No problems whatsoever and still drove like the day it was new before it was totaled in 2010.
      agrod
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had this happen to my 2001 Escape. I actually happened after gunning the gas while merging into traffic. I quickly put it into neutral and stopped safely in the shoulder. The problem is that the cruise control cable that attached to the throttle body can get brittle and break. When broken it gets caught with the plastic engine cover. I left the cruise control cable off the TB for the rest of the day. Then I got rid of the plastic engine cover... that solved that.
      adika3z
      • 2 Years Ago
      ford and mazda are working togerther but separate dept area
      • 2 Years Ago
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