It was just last week that the 2013 Ford Escape suffered two separate recalls mere days apart, and today, we have news of a third.

This latest recall affects 485,000 2001-2004 Escapes with the 3.0-liter V6 engine and cruise control. These vehicles could experience unintended acceleration caused by their cruise control cable interfering with the throttle cable when the cruise is engaged. The potential interference between the two cables was not present when these vehicles left the factory, but rather was introduced later by repair procedures for another recall.

Ford originally recalled these Escapes in December 2004 to address an accelerator cable assembly defect. After discovering that its repair procedure could cause new problems, the automaker updated the repair procedure in October 2005. By that time, however, The Detroit News reports that 320,000 Escapes had already been fixed using the old procedure and their owners were never notified of the potential damage that was caused.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reports of 99 incidents alleging unintended acceleration in 2001-2004 Ford Escapes, as well as its mechanical twin at the time, the Mazda Tribute. Of those, 13 crashes and nine injuries were reported. In January, a 17-year-old died in Arizona while driving a 2002 Ford Escape that had been repaired before the updated repair procedure was available.

Ford's decision to implement this recall comes a week after the automaker was called out by the consumer group Center for Auto Safety to dispense with any investigation and recall the vehicles immediately.
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Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):
FORD / ESCAPE
2001-2004

NHTSA Campaign ID Number:
12V353000

Summary:
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.

Consequence:
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.

Remedy:
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. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:
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.


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      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fix Or Repair Daily
      lucky81
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fords problems have been coming, the company has overly tried to come out with new technology that has never been proven(while being praised). Then just relying to sweep past models problems under the rug. Kinda makes you wonder what more problems their current lineup will have. Oh well I don't care, CHEVY for life..
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lucky81
        Wait, you said Chevy? The company that sent out cars without brake pads? The comapny that makes cars catch fire after an oil change? The company that can't properly engineer their side-impact airbags on their high-performance models? Yeah... have fun.
      Famsert
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The potential interference between the two cables was not present when these vehicles left the factory, but rather was introduced later by repair procedures for another recall. Ford originally recalled these Escapes in December 2004 to address an accelerator cable assembly defect. After discovering that its repair procedure could cause new problems, the automaker updated the repair procedure in October 2005. By that time, however, The Detroit News reports that 320,000 Escapes had already been fixed using the old procedure and their owners were never notified of the potential damage that was caused." Wow. So basically one recall caused this recall, and not only that but they knew about this since October 2005 at latest? 7 YEARS AGO and NOW they fix it after people have already died because of it AND they didn't notify anyone affected by the botched repair. So how many millions is the NHTSA going to fine them? Oh right: zero.
      jordanjboxer18
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow all these companies with sorry design flaws.. another example of cost cutting payin off in the future
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      viper38
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unintended Acceleration - (n.) Acceleration which occurs when inexperienced or incapable drivers press the gas peddle when they intended to put their foot somewhere else; [alternate definition] (n.) Lie told by drivers involved in automobile accidents which occur due to their extreme drunkeness or manifest stupidity.
        whatamooseiam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @viper38
        Well, in this case it's neither... “We have determined that there is inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable, which could allow the throttle to stick if the accelerator pedal is fully or almost fully depressed,” Ford spokeswoman Marcy Zwiebel told WWJ Newsradio 950. Zwiebel said, if you drive one, don’t “floor it”. “This is not a condition where the engine will accelerate or go to a wide-open state on its own. The condition only has the potential to occur if the driver has pushed the pedal all the way or almost all the way to the floor,” she said.
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      true_enthusiast
      • 2 Years Ago
      Run away Fords? Don't let the gavity of this matter escape you...
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      Ron and Lil
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 Ford Escape XL 4 wheel drive. LOVE MY LITTLE SUV !! No problems with it. It has been a great car and I have no intention of selling or trading it in until It just dies.. The vehicle turns 12 in March of 2013
      Ron and Lil
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 Ford Escape XL 4 wheel drive. LOVE MU LITTLE SUV !! No problems with it. It has been a great car and I have no intention of selling or trading it in until It just dies by the side of the road.
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