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Car Accelerates On Its Own Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 45 problems related to car accelerates on its own (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 01/12/2016

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 11/23/2015

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.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 11/11/2015

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/26/2015

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.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/20/2015

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

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.


car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

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.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 03/20/2014

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.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 03/01/2014

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.


 
car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/17/2013

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 11/13/2013

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 10/20/2013

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.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2013

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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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

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.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 09/24/2013

Vehicle stalled while driving on the freeway at approximately 55 mph. Initially the check engine light came on, followed by the "yellow wrench" light, at which point the vehicle accelerator no longer affected the rpms and no propulsion was possible. Vehicle was turned off by driver, and later restarted and functioned normally, I proceeded to drive it to a dealership, it stalled again enroute to the dealership, the same process of turning the car off, and then on again to continue was administered and the vehicle made it to the dealership. As reported by ourismann Ford dealership, the vehicle throttle box failed and needs to be replaced. It was confirmed this had nothing to do with the driver, operation or maintenance of the vehicle, it is a design/manufacturing defect. This is not covered by the powertrain warranty, unfortunately, this part was only covered by the bumper to bumper warranty which ran out on my 3 year old car which was purchased as a certified pre-owned Ford less than 2 years ago. This is a serious safety issue as the driver loses all control of acceleration unexpectedly, I was lucky I was not rear-ended on the freeway.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 08/31/2013

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning while driving 55 mph. The contact applied the brakes but to no avail. The contact then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was towed to the contact home and was not repaired or inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 155,000.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/11/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Also, the contact stated that the wrench warning icon illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the part was on back order. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 55,000.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 06/15/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate unexpectedly. The wrench warning symbol illuminated at the time of the malfunction. The engine was then turned off and restarted, as the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 59,600. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 05/06/2013

The contact owned a 2001 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and failed to slow down, even though the brake pedal was depressed numerous times. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and its rear end crashed into a tree. A four year old passenger seated in the rear was fatally injured due to the massive impact to the vehicle. The driver lost consciousness and suffered a minor concussion. The front seat occupant sustained a spinal injury. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a police facility. The vehicle was included in three recalls under NHTSA campaign number: 00v210001 (vehicle speed control), NHTSA campaign id number: 07e023000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and NHTSA campaign id number: 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The contact never received notification of the recalls and experienced the consequences mentioned in each recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 03/15/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph the vehicle stalled. Additionally, the vehicle surged suddenly while driving under 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the throttle body would had to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 01/30/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, there was a sudden loss of power as the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150 and the current mileage was 700.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 01/21/2013

Sudden, unintended acceleration of my vehicle on 2 occasions now, in last 2 days.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 01/08/2013

While travelling on a busy interstate, the accelerator suddenly stopped responding without any warning. The gas pedal did not work and the vehicle immediately started slowing down at an alarming rate. The check engine light displayed for the first time during this automatic shutdown. Luckily we were able to get the vehicle over to the shoulder of the highway without an accident. There were no symptoms or warnings before the vehicle dangerously shut down suddenly. This same issue has randomly happened 5-6 more times the past few months. We pull the vehicle to the side of the road and turn it off each time. After waiting a few minutes, we start the vehicle, engine light goes off and so far have been able to get to our destination. The most recent incident happened a few days ago and the check engine light remained on after restarting the vehicle. We just had the vehicle checked for error codes and it shows p2112 throttle actuator stuck closed.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 12/10/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle had experienced several times of sudden acceleration. The vehicle had been taken to the dealer on several occassions, but no problem was found. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated and slowed down rapidly on occasions, but never stalled. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 70,000. Rl.

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