According to the Associated Press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is training its gaze on 2005-2012 Ford Escape. According to the report, the federal safety agency has opened a probe at the behest of the North Carolina Consumers Council, which petitioned for an investigation following a pair of complaints related to throttle issues.

The council noted in its petition that Ford has previously acknowledged a problem with hesitation and stalling in Escape models, as it has issued a series of technical service bulletins to its dealer body to deal with the issue.

The NHTSA inquiry is not a full-blown investigation at this time and there is no recall pending. No crashes or injuries have been reported due to the problem, but up to 1.6 million examples of the popular crossover could be affected if NHTSA's study does trigger a recall.


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        USMC
        • 2 Years Ago
        It is actually a pretty serious issue. Two people who had connections got the ball rolling. There are hundreds of people reporting complaints about this issue on carcomplaints.com. This is only one site. About automobile has just as many people reporting the same issues. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Escape/ http://www.aboutautomobile.com/Complaint/2008/Ford/Escape
      psttx
      • 2 Years Ago
      just like the Toyota throttle issue that never existed OBAMA needed something to knock them back while trying to save GM and slow toyota sales. This is another scam to attack Ford cause they did not go along with the GM/CHRYSLER bailout to get the union in his pocket! People need to look beyond the headlines. Just like the Keystone pipeline fiasco was not some spotted lizard in western Nebraske but Waren Buffett is Obama's buddy and his Burlington/Northern railroad is the one hauling oil with his train out of Canada. Pipeline comes thru the train goes nowhere!
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psttx
        What do you mean "throttle issue that never existed"? Aren't you forgetting that Toyota, in an effort to cut costs, eliminated the driver's side floor mat anchor point? The result was millions of vehicles recalled to have their floor mats zip tied to the seat frame. And what about Toyota's sticky accelerator issue, that also resulted in millions of vehicles recalled? Toyota design oversight and engineering defects led to the deaths of innocent people. As a reward, Toyota dragged their feet in recalling the vehicles, like all Asian automakers, resulting in our government levying fines against them for the delay. Toyotaphiles, you can keep trying to re-write history until you're blue in the face. I'll be there to correct you.
          John Montgomery
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          lol..Walt. Toyota was cleared by NASA an American Government agency. Keep up your ignorance we will be there to correct you. Don’t even talk about loss of life and how many people died driving domestic death traps. Every manufacture has had their issues. Does Ford cruise control fires ring a bell there slick? Stop with your bias post. Get lost please. You are beyond dumb.
      LA is Best
      • 2 Years Ago
      The feds are angry at Ford because they didn't use any of the "empty chair's" money!!
        gop.hates.america
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LA is Best
        Actually Ford did take the money. But hey, we are dumb republicans. Facts don't matter to us. I mean, if we had any brains, we would have real jobs and wouldn't be flipping burgers, or fixing toilets, or wasting our lives in Afghanistan.
          gop.hates.america
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gop.hates.america
          @merlot066 So now you are blaming Obama for Afghanistan war? I know republicans like to rewire history to suit their believes, but this is a new low. 2000 dead soldiers in Afghanistan and Bush still hasn't been tried for treason. I wonder why Fox News is all over it.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gop.hates.america
          Umm... Obama replaced the war in Iraq with the war in Afghanastan... and all of a sudden the media stops covering war news.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      A little off-topic, but the article reminds me of how the old edition of the Escape is so much nicer looking than the new one.
      gop.hates.america
      • 2 Years Ago
      @psttx "just like the Toyota throttle issue that never existed OBAMA needed something to knock them back while trying to save GM" Just like Al Queda had never attempted to hijack planes and crash into WTC before Bush took office. Bush/Cheney obviously needed an excuse to invade Iraq. That's why they planned the 9/11 attacks. See how your logic can be used to explain any number of conspiracy theories. Just shows how dumb and gullible republiucan electorate is.
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      patsy
      • 2 Years Ago
      My dad retired from chevy, I only bought a ford he said no way, no chevy for you not safe.....
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      marymaryloncar
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had this problem, my car broke down in a busy intersection in Dallas 5:00 traffic. Had i been on the highway results could have been way worse. Why if Ford knows there is an issue would they put people and their famlies in danger of serious injury or even death due to an accident caused by the car stopping at any given moment at any speed. Someone with Ford should take acation ASAP! Towed my car in to be fixed and the service department, they have already replace over 100. Someone (at Ford or higher up) PLEASE take action before a life is lost, if not already have been.
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