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Car Accelerates On Its Own Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 32 problems related to car accelerates on its own (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 1
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.

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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 3
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.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
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 5
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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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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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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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 2013 Ford Escape 12
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.

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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 14
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 15
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.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 11/19/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The accelerator pedal became stuck and was inoperable. In order to stop the vehicle, the gear was shifted into neutral and the emergency brake was engaged. The dealer was notified of the failure who advised the contact there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was notified and a complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 100,081.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 07/01/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle emitted a burning odor and the vehicle stalled several times without warning. The contact mentioned that sometimes the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection, but the mechanic was unable to locate or duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,000 and the current mileage 162,000.

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Failure Date: 05/25/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle intermittently stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the throttle body had failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

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Failure Date: 11/02/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph approaching a stop signal and when driving from the complete stop the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated up to 58 mph and crashed into a nearby utility pole. The contact sustained severe injuries. A police report was filed of the incident. In addition, the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to a savage facility and declared as destroyed. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer of the unintended acceleration. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 00v210001 (vehicle speed control); however the contact did receive a recall notification. The approximate failure was 137,000.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 09/17/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal was applied and the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated with an increase in the engine rpms. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the idle air control valve was replaced. One day after the repair was performed the identical failure recurred without warning. The vehicle was currently at the dealer for diagnosis and repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

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Failure Date: 05/15/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the vehicle suddenly accelerated to higher speeds. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a barrier before rolling over. The contact sustained minor scratches. The police were called and a report was filed. The vehicle was then towed to an independent mechanic where the vehicle was pending investigation. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 31,000. Updated 07/20/11.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 03/17/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle jerked and then accelerated rapidly. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer a few months later because the transmissions warning light had illuminated. The dealer stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 2,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 02/07/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically exhibit sudden acceleration. The contact had to use the emergency brakes on each occasion, but the wheels continued spinning. The contact¿s mechanic cleaned the accelerator pedal but stated that they did not find a problem with the vehicle. The failure recurred after the cleaning of the accelerator pedal. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 146,000. Updated 08/28/lj the consumer stated that the vehicle was put into reverse and then accelerated on its own. The consumer depressed the brake but, the vehicle did not stop until the emergency brake was pulled. The front wheels continued to spin. The second time shifting from reverse to park, then to drive the vehicle accelerated again. The emergency brake was pulled and the front wheels continued to spin. Updated 09/05/2012.

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Failure Date: 01/28/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact's daughter was driving and the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 85 mph. She put both of her feet on the brake pedal but there was no response. She tried the emergency brake which also did not response. After a long while, she was able to get the vehicle to decelerate to 40 mph. She then put the vehicle in neutral and was then able to pull over and turn the ignition off. She had the vehicle towed to a repair shop. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The contact called the manufacturer who told her that they could not assist with repairs. The current and failure mileages were approximately 135,000.

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Failure Date: 10/18/2009

I was the owner of a 2004 Ford Escape that was recalled because the engine would suddenly accelerate uncontrollable. I had to call my insurance CO. Geico because of this they sent out a tow truck to check the situation. The tow operator got the engine to run normally. I put in a claim against Ford and was told that they did not think they were liable. My Escape accelerated again and was involved in a accident that totaled the vehicle. I need help to present my case to Ford motor CO.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 26
Failure Date: 04/17/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated several times without warning. On one occasion, the contact was turning right at 20 mph and the vehicle accelerated before pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal. The contact stated that the vehicle continued to accelerate until it stalled. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several occasions, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 27
Failure Date: 10/10/2006

The gas pedal intermittently sticks which causes sudden and quick deceleration. It feels like a brick is underneath the pedal. No matter how hard I push down, the pedal doesn't budge. Then all of a sudden, the pedal will work again. It is a serious safety issue. I did some research on the internet and it looks like a lot of people have had this same issue with Ford cars. Some people have gotten into accidents because of it. I spoke with Ford's corporate office and they said they didn't consider it a safety issue. They took my name and some other basic information, then spent most of the time trying to get me off of the phone. I tried to explain that this is very similar to the sudden acceleration problem that Toyota was having, with the only two differences being the car decelerates as opposed to accelerates and that no one has been killed yet. Ford told me if I was concerned, I should get my car fixed and that they would not pay for it. These vehicles need to be recalled before someone gets seriously injured or killed.

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Failure Date: 01/06/2006

My 2005 Ford Escape will accelerate unexpectedly while driving down the highway. The accelerator pedal would slam to the floor, the engine and the car would speed up and the pedal would immediately return to the up position. This has happened five time in the last year. The last two times listed below I find that the same problem has been posted on the internet in various sites, some resulting in crashes. This does need to be investigated immediately.

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Failure Date: 12/08/2004

Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while being driven. Owner had to apply brakes several times in order to slow down. Taken to dealer for cleaning of the throttle body.

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Failure Date: 04/10/2003

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated when the vehicle is put into drive it would abnormally accelerate without depressing the accelerator pedal. The contact was able to stop the unintended acceleration by applying the brakes. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 145,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

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Failure Date: 01/15/2002

The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration.

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Had shifted into reverse to get out of parking space. Then, started to back up, and vehicle hesitated when brakes were applied, sounded funny; rpms revved up,vehicle suddenly accelerated while still in reverse.


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