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Engine Shut Off Without Warning Problems of Ford Escape Hybrid



Ford Escape Hybrid owners have reported 23 problems related to engine shut off without warning (under the engine and engine cooling category).

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Failure Date: 08/26/2014

I was stopped at a signal. When the light turned, I pressed down on the accelerator and the car started to move as normal. Just past the intersection, the gas engine shut down, a red light came on and the car lost all power. The car behind me struck us. Upon going to the dealership, they knew that the electronic cooling pump had failed. There was not many questions, as they described what the symptoms were. Upon looking at the internet, it would seem that this is a known issue with Ford, and that the new ecp was redesigned to prevent the issue. There are literally hundreds of complaints about vehicles losing power to this same problem. In some cases, as was mine, electrical power is lost as well, causing loss of power steering and brakes.

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Failure Date: 05/14/2014

2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle "can shut off without warning" incident. The consumer stated a warning light in the shape of a wrench appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was flat-bedded to the dealer. It was determined, the throttle body needed to be replaced.

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Failure Date: 01/19/2014

Pulling away from complete stop at stop sign the entire car shut down suddenly leaving driver without any power to pull to curb or to safely leave roadway. Message on dash read "stop safely now". Car totally disabled. Restarted after several minutes. Star Ford of glendale had car for a complete day to determine nature of problem - at end of day had no reason for complete and sudden loss of power. Driver afraid to take car on freeway for fear car will lose power on freeway at high speed.

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Failure Date: 11/10/2013

While traveling down the interstate highway the triangle with an exclamation point in the middle lit up and the display read "stop safely now". I was in the left lane of the interstate and the engine shut down - there was no shoulder and traffic was too heavy to coast across lanes. I found a service station that was open on Sunday evening. They said my coolant was fine, the oil level was fine, and they could not see anything obviously wrong with the vehicle. I elected to continue my trip another 50 miles and the problem occurred 2 more times. I kept the speed under 70, ran by heater on full blast in case the problem was temperature related, and coasted as often as possible. Each time the engine shut down, I slowed to the shoulder, turned the engine off, waited 5 minutes, then started again. The service results are still inconclusive, but it seems there are a lot of owners experiencing this exact problem. The automatic shut off of the engine put me in an extremely dangerous situation.

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Failure Date: 09/28/2013

Driving on highway with no apparent problem, then suddenly, three things happen simultaneously: 1) the gas engine shuts off completely, leaving no power to maintain speed, deceleration happens. 2) safety alert light illuminates in the instrument cluster. It's a red triangle with "!" inside of it. 3) message center displays "pull over safely" or words to that effect. This leaves you with absolutely no recourse, other than to somehow get to the side of the road, out of the way of any traffic conditions that are around you at that instant. The electric hybrid motor still operates, but that's only good to creep along like a golf cart, down the shoulder of the highway, if the safety of the shoulder looks better up ahead, to get out of the way of the traffic that's zooming by. Corrective action, once the owners manual is studied, is to put it in park, and turn off the ignition. Then, re-start and go. It operates as if nothing had just happened! then, in a while, it happens again, and again, and again, (varying miles between episodes, anything roughly from 1 mile to 70 miles) until either you finally give up and have it towed, or you finally get it to some final destination.

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Failure Date: 06/18/2013

Was driving on a hwy on a summer night, going 60 mph, when a light came on my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid's dashboard that said "stop safely now" and the engine lost power/turned off. I coasted to a shoulder and shut the vehicle off and restarted, and the warning light was gone, so I drove on. Noticed engine was running louder than normal and transition between gas and electric modes seemed clunky. Googled the problem when I got home and found dozens of consumer complaints - saying it was a faulty cooling pump (part number 5m6z-8c419-a) causing this problem. Took vehicle to the Ford dealer and they confirmed this was what was wrong with my vehicle. Repair cost $632. 00. Not covered under the hybrid warranty. (we were told it's necessary for the hybrid engine to function, but it's not considered a hybrid part. ) dug further, saw that Ford had issued a technical service bulletin (Nov. 20, 2008) to dealerships: "TSB 08-24-5 states that some 2005-2008 Escape Hybrid and 2006-2008 mariner hybrid vehicles may exhibit a red triangle light and codes indicating a transaxle overtemp. This condition may result in reduced power as the system activates fail safe operation. " Ford knows about this problem. This is clearly happening to a lot of people. Ford needs to be made accountable and do the right thing and issue a recall. If this problem happens when someone is in the middle of a busy expressway, or if someone is being tailgated, etc. When the engine shuts off, people will get killed, if some haven't been already. We called the Ford owner relations number and were told that the best way to get a recall issued is to submit these complaints. How many people have to be injured or die before this is taken care of? Ford motor company - if you're worried about profits and the bottom line - how much repeat business will you get once you kill off your customer base?.

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Failure Date: 05/29/2013

My 17 year old daughter was driving home approx 5:30 pm on a busy four lane road from an errand and the "stop safely now" light came on. At that point she could not get over due to traffic and the engine shut off in the middle of the road. She was able to coast down a hill into a turn lane nearly hitting an oncoming car and stop the car. We arrived on the scene and was able to restart the car and bring it home. We took it to the dealer where they wanted to replace the coolant motor to the battery which was defective and causing the hybrid battery to overheat thereby shutting down the engine completely. This is to prevent the hybrid battery from overheating. I do understand the need for this to eliminate the possibility of a fire, but these should be replaced every 50,000 miles to stop the engine from shutting off . We were gettign ready to drive on a 600 mile trip in this car and would have been stranded on the highway. The way the warranty is written, it is not covered. After researching the problem, this happens more frequently especially after 50,000 miles. Please investigate and provide a recall and/or fix to this problem on these cars.

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Failure Date: 09/15/2012

I am the owner of a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid with approx. 50k miles. As with many complaints related to Escape Hybrid, I was driving on the interstate in perfect weather conditions at approx. 70mph when without any warning, the engine shut down and the master vehicle electrical hazard warning lamp lit up. Steering and braking were normal but I had to coast to the shoulder across several lanes of busy highway traffic to stop. It was terrifying. I gathered myself and my three terrified children and started the car again with no problem. The same incident occurred three more times before I was able to make it to my destination, but I was anticipating the issue and stayed in the right hand lane. This issue is being reported time and again yet no action is being taken to address this obvious defect. What is Ford and NHTSA waiting for? this is an extremely dangerous issue! please, before someone is injured or dies.

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Failure Date: 08/27/2012

While traveling on an interstate hwy at 70 mph and passing a semi, the engine shut off and the stop safely now warning came on. There was no warning, I lost speed and barely moved out of the way of the truck. This failure almost cost me and my passenger our lives. The car started again about half an hour later but only ran long enough to limp to a gas station. We called aaa, had the car towed to a dealership where they diagnosed it as either the ignition switch or the pcm. . . I have two sons who are top mechanics. This is not the problem. They believe a wiring harness for the hybrid battery is defective, and that there was a letter sent to all hybrid owners. I took this letter to the local dealership when I received it. They said it didn't pertain to my vehicle and did not perform the required maint. Really? this is a serious safety hazard. How many accidents, deaths, or near misses must happen before Ford reacts and actually owns up? fyi blogging is out there for us all!.

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Failure Date: 08/25/2012

Driving on the interstate and the car shuts down displaying a stop safely now error. . . . Apparently a faulty pump. The same pump that we've already replaced 3 times. . . . . Not only is this annoying but it's a huge safety problem. The vehicle loses all power!.


 
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Failure Date: 08/21/2012

While driving on highway at high speed (55mph), entire powertrain (gas engine and hybrid motor) completely shutdown with no warning leading to an abrupt loss of power and control of the vehicle, and was unable to completely pull off the road safely. The dashboard information center just displayed "stop safely now. " there was no warning of this at all. Vehicle would not restart. After sitting for one hour, vehicle restarted and drove perfectly for another 3 days, then the same thing happened again on local streets, leaving the car in a very dangerous position in the middle of the street. Brought into shop and they could not find anything wrong with it. I am almost afraid to drive this vehicle anymore.

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Failure Date: 07/09/2012

Ford Escape Hybrid (feh) "stop vehicle safely" red triangle warning and immediate engine shutdown due to the well-known defect in the bosch oem motor electronics cooling system (mecs) pump in the 2005-2008 model years. See Ford TSB 08-24-5. If the NHTSA did even a cursory search on the internet they would see many, many hundreds of postings and related accidents or near-misses. This is a very serious safety problem because failure is only triggered by driving at highway speeds or driving up steep hills and the shutdown is immediate (no prior warning), causing sudden and significant drop in speed and frantic actions by the driver to abruptly steer the unpowered car to the shoulder. There are no external indicators to warn other vehicles of the sudden slowdown and lane change and the driver dare not use the brakes to signal others because to hit the brakes with the engine shut down and the vehicle already quickly slowing to a stop would cause the feh to abruptly stop in the middle of highway. Although this part is unique to the hybrid versions of escapes, Ford refuses to classify it as a unique hybrid component (which would be covered by the 8 yr 100,000 mi warranty) and routinely charges $800 to replace it. In my case failures happened four times in the last year, always on interstate highways. Two of the failures nearly caused multiple car pileups because the interstate was full of cars and semis when the engine cut out. I am frankly shocked that the NHTSA didn't require a recall years ago for a well-known and common defect that without warning causes feh's to abruptly and significantly slow down specifically at high speeds or steep hill climbs, forcing the driver to abruptly change lanes to get to the shoulder. Several class action lawsuits are being prepared. Isn't it time the NHTSA addressed this very serious defect?.

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Failure Date: 07/02/2012

Within 3 minutes of starting vehicle, "stop vehicle safely" message was displayed along with a red warning triangle. Vehicle shut down within a few seconds. Truck was put on a trailer and brought to a Ford dealership. Three codes were present, one being p0a27. Ford's "fix" is to install a service harness and flash the bcm. ( see Ford's csp 07b48 and later TSB 09-18-6) although there was never a recall, "some 2007-2007 Escape Hybrid vehicles built from 10-13-2003 to 12-19-2006" may experience this problem. According to Ford, this vehicle was not one of the affected ones, yet it has the same problem with the same resolution according to the Ford dealership. A vehicle that has a hardware/ programming glitch that can cause it to shut down completely at any speed is a defect and should be recalled and repaired by the manufacturer.

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Failure Date: 06/17/2012

While traveling in the high speed lane at approximately 2 am, the vehicle lost engine power without any notice as the engine shut off and the power was reduced to minimal power given by the electric motor. This caused an inability to maintain speed on a very dangerous overpass curve of the freeway and nearly caused two vehicles in the immediate proximity to collide with my vehicle as speed rapidly dropped and the vehicle said to "pull over ands shut off vehicle safely". This part of the freeway had no pull over spot nor did it have an area to really safely pull off the freeway. This is the second time the car has done this at high speed within two weeks. It has done this approximately 1-0 times at low speeds on city streets. The car is able to be driven after shutting off the power, letting it sit, and then restarting the system. There is an accompanying overheating that occurts as a result of the engine shutting off, causing the engine to be unable to be easily restarted at that point. This event gives no warning or indication it will happen and is a very dangerous situation for any driver to be thrust into. If it had been rush hour traffic, I am certain there would have been accidents and vehicle collisions as a result.

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Failure Date: 05/28/2012

The first time it occurred I was driving on the highway and the info screen told me to stop safely as the engine shut down. It happened several times that day, and then didn't happen until today, June 17, 2012. This recent time a high engine temperature warning came up on the info screen. I checked all of the fluids and they are full and all have been changed in the last year or so.

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Failure Date: 05/19/2012

I was driving on the freeway when the engine shut off and 'master vehicle electrical hazrard warning lamp' came on. Fortunately I only had to cross one lane in modest traffic. The owner's manual instructions state 'stop the vehicle, shift to park, turn the key to off position and attempt to restart the vehicle. If the fault remains, the vehicle may require resetting the shut-off switches. ' following the instructions, I was able to restart the vehicle and continue driving without resetting any switches. The warning light remained off and has not come back on again. I have sheduled an appointment to take the vehicle to a dealer. In the mean time I have searched the web for drivers with similiar experiences and have come across quite a few. I personally do not feel safe driving a vehicle that can shut off without warning, especially on a busy highway. The fact that Ford has instructions in the owners manual for 'resetting the fuel pump/high voltage shut off switches' is alarming in itself essentially I can be traveling in urban rush hour traffic and a computer can decide to shut off the engine. I urge you to require Ford to address this defect.

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Failure Date: 04/06/2012

While driving on interstate 75 in florida, the gas engine shutdown and a warning light/message appeared "stop safely now". Our vehicle immediately began to decelerate, running only on the electric motor, as we tried to cross two lanes of traffic "safely". We pulled onto the shoulder, and turned the car off. We were able to restart the vehicle without getting the error message. We experienced this same sudden engine shutdown and feh warning 5-6 times over the course of our road trip from wisconsin to florida and back. Upon return to wisconsin, we had the car checked out by our Ford dealer, and they informed us it was a faulty motor electronics coolant pump (part #5m6z-8c419-a). Ford has issued a technical service bulletin about this problem (TSB 08-24-5), but has not yet issued a recall. Since the unexpected deceleration of a vehicle traveling at high speeds constitutes a serious safety issue (as many Ford Escape Hybrid owners on edmunds. . Read more...

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Failure Date: 03/13/2012

While driving 65 mph the gas engine shuts off, the stop safely now light appears and the master vehicle warning lamp comes on. Happened only a couple times the first 3 weeks. In the last 2 days it has happened 15-16 times. This is very dangerous to happen while in traffic on the interstate. To shouldn't this be a recall. Taking into Ford dealer tomorrow.

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Failure Date: 12/29/2011

I was traveling on the expressway in the left hand lane doing about 70 mph when the engine shutdown and a stop now safely message appeared on dashboard. I was able to pull over turned off the vehicle was able to restart and continue to my destination. This again happened on the way home the same day there was no problem found at the times I pulled over and both times was able to continue. I had no ability to accelerate and fortunetly was able to pull over, this was a scary.

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Failure Date: 08/20/2011

August 2011 - had driven approximately 200 miles TN into va when stop safely now message appears. Pulled over, waited a few minutes and started the engine. No help available locally as it was small town late Saturday. Decided to continue trip home - drove slowly in right lane for last 200 miles. No recurrance the rest of the way. My mechanic could find nothing wrong upon return home. Did not occur again until June 9, 2012 - about 150 miles from home. Same scenario - stopped for a minute then went on. Happened again on June 20, 2012. After stop and go traffic then running at 70 mph when message appears, this time the engine shut down immediatly and I barely got onto the shoulder with traffic speeding by about 2 feet off my right. Tried to start again but message that the engine was dangerously heated appeared. After sitting for about 10 minutes, it started, I turned on the heat (despite 90+ outside temp) and got off at next exit and parked for about an hour. Started up and drove home. No other occurance since. My mechanic tells me now that I need a coolant pump based on the stored service code. Will cost over $700 part and labor. Just hope it fixes it. It is extremely dangerous when the engine shuts down with only seconds of warning. In the area I live, I wouldn't always be able to even get onto a shoulder safely.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2011

Highway driveing 55 mph just shut down in center lane pulled over to shoulder warning lights on no power re started it was ok this was the 2 time this has hapened in 3 mo. .

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Failure Date: 10/10/2010

While driving at highway speeds (~75 mph) my combustion engine shut off and a red warning light was displayed on the dash with a message of "please pull over safely". My vehicle has approx 53000 miles on it and is 3. 5 years old. Luckily I was in the right lane and not in any danger of causing an accident. This is truly a major safety issue. Had I been passing another vehicle or had someone tailgating me, it could easily have been a major or even fatal accident. I called Ford and they say they have no record of this even though I've seen another oid on this issue that stated they were # 891 in line for a replacement part. Please make Ford recall any vehicle that have this part installed and replace it with a more reliable part.

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Failure Date: 03/10/2010

My Ford hybrid escape (gas) engine shut down as I was accelerating onto the highway. The drive power was completely lost. The car continued coasting and I got the message stop safely now. I pulled off to the shoulder, stopped and shut off the car. I then restarted the car and it functioned normally. The failure has not happened (after about 100 miles) since the one incident. I have driven the car to a Ford dealer for diagnosis. The un-commanded engine shut down without any preliminary warning seems like a hazardous condition that could be life threatening in certain circumstances.


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