Ford Escape owners have reported 55 problems related to car accelerates on its own (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.
Tl the contact owns a 2017 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various low speeds, the vehicle independently accelerated rapidly. The contact stated that the failure occurred on more than one occasion. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle hesitated upon acceleration. The dealer (bill brown Ford of livonia, michigan) was called and the contact left a voicemail. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000. Ad.
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On December 13, 2017 I was in the process of parking in front of a place of business, the business was in a public parking lot and I was going at most 25 mph before starting to park. I had my foot on the brake and was 1/4-1/2 way in the parking place when the car suddenly accelerated, the car went thru the plate glass window, thankfully no one was hurt! the police were called and as I was the only vehicle I was found at fault, cause 'excessive speed'. The car accelerated so fast I didn't have a chance to react. The tires did not touch the curb and seemed to fly thru the air. My vehicle was totaled due to the damage to the front end and frame. From what I have read it appears to be a throttle issue - stuck open. I do have a police report if needed but it only says I was at fault, excessive speed and that the building was damaged.
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The gas pedal sticks often, and feels as if something is under the pedal, stopping it from being depressed. This causes sudden reduction of speed and then sudden acceleration when pressing hard to get the pedal to go down. Ford previously recalled throttle body's in Escapes from 2009-2012. I believe the 2007 Ford Escape model should be added to that recall! this is a true safety problem! mine has being doing this for about a month and has gotten way worse so it will need to be fixed.
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The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. After pulling into a parking space, the engine unexpectedly revved very high before the vehicle erroneously accelerated forward and crashed into a tree. During the time of the incident, the contact's foot was positioned on the brake pedal. No injuries were report and no police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer (ted britt Ford in fairfax, va) was notified of the failure, but the manufacturer was not. The failure mileage was 50,000.
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2010 Ford Escape was pulling out of a parking spot, foot off the accelerator, but vehicle proceeded to gain speed and go forward striking another vehicle. Unintended acceleration.
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In at least 5 incidents I have experienced sudden acceleration. 3 times it has happened while entering a highway. It has happened at least twice in town. In every incident I was accelerating when it would occur. The foot peddle depressed without any pressure to the gas. My foot was not on the break. I have also experienced bucking on numerous occasions when going in reverse. I believe the problem is the electronic throttle control system. I purchased this car used from a local dealer. They never disclosed any issues with my vehicle. I have looked online and called a Ford dealer but cannot find a recall on this issue. It is a very real issue. Feel free to come test drive my car! it is not a matter of if it will happen but when it will happen. July 17, 2017 was the most recent incident of sudden acceleration.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. When the vehicle was started, the rpm indicator went all the up and the vehicle spontaneously accelerated. The contact tapped on the accelerator pedal and the rpms went down. While driving approximately 40 to 50 mph, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The vehicle was not diagnosed by the dealer. The vehicle displayed the failure since November of 2016. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.
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Unintended acceleration when parking at slow speed with eco on. Often seen into garage which is slight incline. Automobile stops moving and any touch of the accelerator causes fast surge requiring very quick braking. Very repeatable under slow conditions. Selling dealer checked vehicle and reported that system operating as designed when auto stop/start is activated. This design is dangerous and the system should not default to engine auto stop activated.
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Escape. While attempting to park at 2 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The failure occurred without warning. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 3,500.
The contact owned a 2011 Ford Escape. While stationary, the vehicle suddenly experienced unintended acceleration and crashed into a stone wall. The driver sustained a fractured left arm, various body bruises, right and left leg injuries, and facial lacerations. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. A police report was not filed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 77,188.
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The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle revved and unintended accelerated, while driving at low speeds. The contact was able to engage the brake pedal, shifted the gear into neutral, engaged the emergency brake, and coasted the vehicle out of traffic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12v353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.
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I purchased the vehicle back in December of 2012 from robinson Ford in calexico, California. A few months (I can¿t recall the exact date) after driving the Escape when coming to a stop and as I was braking, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Again in 2013, the vehicle accelerated as I was braking for a stop. This time I took the car to the dealer where I purchased the vehicle (record on file with the dealer) to report the matter and have the vehicle checked. They could not find anything wrong with the Ford Escape. On Monday, November 23, 2015 at ~9pm as I was braking on a surface street to come to a stop, the vehicle suddenly began to accelerate. I pushed hard on the brake and the car continued to accelerate and ¿jump¿. This time I had two witnesses in the car with me and the situation was frightening to say the least. I once again took the vehicle to the dealer (robinson Ford in calexico, CA 92231) where the same mechanic who last checked the vehicle (ramon baltazar) said there was nothing wrong with the car that he could identify (record on file with the dealer). I am know very worried and concerned that this sudden acceleration issue could result in me harming someone should this happen again. In fact, I now keep a significant distance from the vehicle in front of me anytime I am approaching a stop. I no longer feel safe or confident driving this vehicle.
Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph and while pressing the accelerator pedal the pedal became stuck causing vehicle to experience unintended acceleration. The contact indicated that the speed increased to more that 65 mph. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. Jft.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while making a left turn and pressing the accelerator pedal the throttle became stuck and the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch. During the incident the driver sustained injuries to the left leg and left side after leaping from the vehicle. A police report was taken at the scene. While inspecting the vehicle the police indicated that the throttle was stuck continued to rev after the crash. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000. Jft.
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while parking at 5 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a wall. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained bruises to the chest that did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer who stated that the failure might be related to the throttle body. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000. The VIN was not available.
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2002 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle unintended acceleration. The consumer stated while sitting at a traffic light, the vehicle spontaneously accelerated, hitting the vehicle in front of hi, because his foot was on the brake, the crash was not as violent as it could have been. Two of the passengers in the other vehicle went to the hospital with shoulder injuries. The consumers vehicle was declared totaled.
Backed out of driveway, put into drive and the car throttled and accelerated unexpectedly and caused me to run into a tree. The vehicle has been totalled.
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration and surged forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000.
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The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving into his driveway at a low speed, with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated and crashed into his shad and side wiped his neighbor's house. The vehicle continued to accelerate with force when the contact applied to the brake pedal. The vehicle finally came to a stop when the vehicle crashed into an area of bushes. However, the engine continued to rev and the wheels continued to spin. The contact was the able to turn off the engine. Upon inspection,the insurance company totalled the vehicle. The contact suffered injuries to the neck and body. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 67,000.
While coming to a stop at a major intersection with a car in front of me, my 2009 Ford Escape suddenly accelerated and would not stop, despite my frantic efforts to brake the car; I swerved to my right, went through 6 inches of snow on grass curb and then went up a 5 ft. Ice bank, where my wheels jammed in the ice and I stopped, sitting at nearly a 45 degree angle, 5 ft. Above the road. My front bumper was mangled in the ice bank and my passenger-side mirror was broken off by a stop sign. If not for the snow bank, I would have continued into the very busy intersection, where I and other drivers would have undoubtedly been injured or killed. I want to emphasize that despite hitting the brake, the car with unintended acceleration problem, did not stop, it kept going until hitting the snow-ice bank.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, the accelerator pedal seized and caused the vehicle to erroneously accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.
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The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while slowly moving forward, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning as the brake pedal was being depressed. The contact crashed into a house. The front and knee air bags deployed. The contact suffered injuries to the left leg, knee and chest. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure, nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 7,092.
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Driving at 55mph a wrench icon on the instrument panel came on and the accelerator suddenly became non responsive. The driver was able to coast to the side of the road and turned off the engine. After waiting a few minutes the driver was able to continue a short distance to home. I took the vehicle to the dealer the next day and was advised the throttle body needed to be replaced at a cost of $564. I learned the next day that other owners of Ford Escapes have had the same issue and the incidents are being investigated for a possible safety recall. I would support the recall decision as I have never heard of any other vehicle, regardless of age or mileage having problems with a throttle body and believe the parts must have been defective from the start.
When the temperature outside gets cold, the gas pedal on my '08 Escape will stick in place and will not press down. If I jiggle it or jam it down hard I am able to make the vehicle accelerate. The issue is very prominent when it's cold out and the car hasn't been ran for a while. The gas pedal will jam both when stopped and when attempting to accelerate at higher speeds. It can be dangerous in parking lot situations when trying to slowly maneuver out of a space or around blind corners, and the gas pedal sticks, causing the car to lurch forward without much control. It's also dangerous when driving since you may be trying to accelerate from a stop but are unable to due to the gas pedal sticking. This can cause unsuspecting drivers to slam on their brakes, as they were assuming that you were going to move forward in traffic but the car is unable to advance. It has proven to be very dangerous in snowy situations and unplowed roads and driveways. When attempting to accelerate, the pedal will stick and then suddenly lurch forward, causing the car to slide around. Trying to drive up a snowy slope from a stop is nearly impossible, since the sudden acceleration causes you to spin out in the snow rather than allowing you to advance slowly. I have read that cleaning the throttle body is an effective fix for this issue but haven't yet tried it.
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2013 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to "engine fault- service now" warning appeared on the dash when starting vehicle. Consumer states vehicle stalled and lost all power. The consumer stated the first engine fault light happened in October 2013. He turned the engine off and re-started it again, and the light didn't come back on. The second fault occurrence as he was leaving the house in mid-February. The vehicle moved very sluggishly and didn't appear to be getting any power. On March 15, 2014, the vehicle stalled and lost all power. The only message that displayed said to put the vehicle in park. Fortunately, the vehicle started again. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but a diagnostic test didn't reveal any problems. The dealer kept the vehicle for 2 weeks, with no success in finding a problem. The next morning, the engine fault service no error message appeared on the dash. When his wife attempted to drive away, the vehicle accelerated sharply and took off down the road at a high rate of speed, leaving her with no control of the acceleration or speed of the vehicle. She applied the brakes, and the vehicle stopped. The consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer, and on the way there, it repeatedly sputtered and then it suddenly accelerated and lunged forward all the way to dealer. Even the engine fault code displayed on the dash, the mechanic was unable to get an error code on the computer. The mechanic test drove the vehicle with the consumer, and it was then the vehicle exhibited everything the consumer was referring to. When they returned, the mechanic, hooked the computer back to the vehicle, and an error showed a harness issue, which was related to a wire splicing into two wires, which somehow became tangled during assembly.
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|Vehicle Speed Control problems||
|Accelerator Stuck problems||
|Speed Control Cable problems||
|Cruise Control problems||
|Car Accelerates On Its Own problems||
|Car Throttle Stuck problems||
|Accelerator Pedal problems||
|Fail To Accelerate problems||
|Car Throttle Sticking problems||
|Throttle Control Warning Light On problems||