Ford had a bit of a recall spree around this time last year, with a pair of issues on the then-new 2013 Escape, followed by a recall of 423,000 2001 to 2004 Escapes because they might accelerate of their own accord. Accordingly, Uncle Sam pasted Ford with a $17.35 million fine because it took too long to inform customers, according to a report from Automotive News.

Ford agreed to settle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accepting the fine but not admitting fault. The recall, which afflicted Escapes with the 3.0-liter V-6 along with 217,000 Mazda Tributes from 2001 to 2006 and 2008, was due to faulty gas pedals that could stay down after a driver removed their foot.

Ford issued a statement regarding the fine, saying, "We take the safety of our customers seriously and continuously evaluate our processes for improvements. While we are confident in our current processes for quickly identifying and addressing potential vehicle issues, Ford agreed to this settlement to avoid a lengthy dispute with the government."


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      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 2002 Escape V6 4x4 still is waiting on the major fire recall..... I'm mostly glad that it's not my main vehicle and super happy that the new Escapes look like crap. Now I have no need to upgrade. Plus the new ones got a bunch of fire recalls as well so I'm glad I stuck with the 2002.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        oh, there you are....FORD BASHING IS NOW OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY....yehah!
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Uhh, no I own one and this topic is about the very model I'm talking about.... Bashing is quite the term for "truth from an owner". I can't even park my Escape in the garage until they fix mine. Nothing but the run-around trying to get it done. Pathetic.
      caddy-v
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Laser. Probably in cardiac arrest.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @caddy-v
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      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....hopefully lesson has been learned....although lately no ones foot dragging when it comes to any type of recall/ safety issue....I will now sit back and observe a multide of snide comments fron aaron_m, zoom_zoom_zoom, carlotta and the rest of the pitfork crew.....
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Didn't you know Ford has Kmart quality? In case you didn't, Carlotta will gladly tell you 16 times on an article about Toyota Camry fleet sales, lol
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          snicker......you cant BUY better comedy than some of the comments Carlotta and the like post.....
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Indeed, our lexicon is neigh on indistinguishable ;) haha
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        arg...\"pitchfork\" crew....edit button where are you?
      R S
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to know where are all the Ford guys saying \" At least Ford dont hide their problems\"
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R S
        Ford didn't delay issuing a recall, the NHTSA wasn't happy with how quickly Ford mailed notifications to owners. These fines are relatively new, Ford could go to court to prove their compliance but that would take time and probably more money than the fine is, now they know better for the future.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          "because it took too long to inform customers, according to a report from Automotive News." Data. Source. Done.
          HappyListener
          • 7 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          It seems you have forgotten....Ford/Firestone fiasco/recalls in 2000. 119 or more deaths due to tread separation from tires and roll overs with Ford vehicles. More deaths due to rear axle failures and loss of control with Ford's Wind Star Vans. Lawsuits, settlements and fines for not disclosing known failures until Ford was investigated and forced to recall or buy-back their vehicles. More of the same from Ford. As the saying goes, if it sounds like a duck and looks like a duck, it is a duck. Can't trust Ford.
          R S
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Now I understand, you admit your wrong and do nothing about it!!! That even worse as people get hurt!! Stop it
          R S
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Thats not what the news papers are saying, give me so more thumbs down!
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife and I bought a new 4x4 2009 Escape. So far, it has been a fairly good vehicle. We had a warranty replacement of an oil pan gasket at 10,000 miles,( leaking) but other than that the vehicle has been trouble free. It has the V-6, and is quite peppy at passing speeds. We average about 18 MPG with mostly city type driving. We are retired, and average less than 8000 miles a year. We bought a new Blazer in '92, and another new Blazer in 2001, and both were absolute disasters. Both had low millage and little "abuse", if any. The repair bill paperwork for both would fill a coffin, and I will certainly be in one before I ever buy a GM product again.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is Matt?
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      paulaspeace
      • 1 Year Ago
      FORD SHOULD HAVE A RECALL FOR THE 2010 ESCAPES FOR THE THROTTLE BODY ISSUES. I CAN'T GO 3 TRAFFIC LIGHTS DOWN THE STREET BEFORE THE WRENCH SYMBOL COMES ON. I WILL NEVER BUY A FORD AGAIN.
      Vivian Hoeflich
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just bought a 2013 Escape 3 months ago. Never was I notified of any type of recall. Two days ago the engine lost all oil and started smoking. They called me yesterday and told me they would have to replace the engine. I am so aggravated. What do you think I should do about this?
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2001 V6 4wd XLT that I purchased this past Dec. My first question to the salesmen was if the recall was done he of course said yes. Is there anyway to find out if it has been done?
        oamax1985
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        See your nearest Ford dealer and give them your VIN #. They can tell you about any open Recalls.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        A) dont be an complete moron , B) re-read what you asked...keyword "salesman"
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