The 2002 Ford Escape

Previously recalled Ford Escape models facing unintended acceleration claims

The safety watchdog group Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has filed a petition demanding that the 2002 through 2004 Ford Escape models that were previously recalled for acceleration cable problems as – after being repaired under that 2004 recall order – the vehicles are subject to unintended acceleration risks.

In late 2004, Ford Motor Company recalled 406,863 examples of the Ford Escape compact sport utility vehicle from the 2002, 2003 and 2004 model years over a concern that the accelerator cable connecting the throttle body to the accelerator pedal could become dislodged and possible cause sudden unintended acceleration. The problem as the CAS sees it is that many of these previously recalled SUVs could have had the cruise control cable damaged when the accelerator cable was serviced – a problem which could cause its own brand of unintended acceleration.

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My wife and kids were recently in an accident where our 2001 ford escape sudden accelerated and my wife ran head-on into an overpass concrete wall. The throttle (pictures are available) was held open (wouldn't return to base position) by the cruise control linkage failing (fell down) and wedging between the plastic engine cover and the upper intake manifold holding the throttle open. The gas pedal (pictures are available) is still stuck to the floor and vehicle was totaled. We are pursuing some compensation (didn't have collision) via our own efforts with FORD MOTOR COMPANY for our losses and injuries as well as making a best effort attempt to prevent the same issue happening to others. I just noticed your posting and wanted to provide our information and note this issue may apply to a wider range of Ford Escape Vehicles (wider VIN number range) other than just the 2002-2004 year models.
My Mother and I were in an accident last week with her 2004 Ford Escape. We were going to breakfast and she was parking the car in a spot, rolling smoothly in after having previously stopped at another spot, and the car was coming to a stop. All of a sudden the car jerked forward as if someone had slammed on the gas pedal and slammed into the restaurant in a four foot space. I asked my Mother what she was doing and she replied she didn't know. The car then continued to jerk forward and climbed over another truck almost flipping us over. The car finally rested at a 60 degree angle as the one tire on the ground was stopped by a parking bumper. I was able to reach over and put the car in park and turn off the ignition. Fortunately, no one was hurt and we were in a confined spot. The car is now totaled and I am dismayed at Ford that they knew about this and the accident could have been much worse!
My Mother and I were in an accident last week with her 2004 Ford Escape. We were going to breakfast and she was parking the car in a spot, rolling smoothly in after having previously stopped at another spot, and the car was coming to a stop. All of a sudden the car jerked forward as if someone had slammed on the gas pedal and slammed into the restaurant in a four foot space. I asked my Mother what she was doing and she replied she didn't know. The car then continued to jerk forward and climbed over another truck almost flipping us over. The car finally rested at a 60 degree angle as the one tire on the ground was stopped by a parking bumper. I was able to reach over and put the car in park and turn off the ignition. Fortunately, no one was hurt and we were in a confined spot. The car is now totaled and I am dismayed at Ford that they knew about this and the accident could have been much worse!
My Mother and I were in an accident last week with her 2004 Ford Escape. We were going to breakfast and she was parking the car in a spot, rolling smoothly in after having previously stopped at another spot, and the car was coming to a stop. All of a sudden the car jerked forward as if someone had slammed on the gas pedal and slammed into the restaurant in a four foot space. I asked my Mother what she was doing and she replied she didn't know. The car then continued to jerk forward and climbed over another truck almost flipping us over. The car finally rested at a 60 degree angle as the one tire on the ground was stopped by a parking bumper. I was able to reach over and put the car in park and turn off the ignition. Fortunately, no one was hurt and we were in a confined spot. The car is now totaled and I am dismayed at Ford that they knew about this and the accident could have been much worse!
I doubt anyone will see this because this article is old. That said, I have a 2011 Ford Escape (a model in which this problem was supposedly fixed). I can now attest that, as of the 2011 models, this problem was not fixed. Last night, as I merged onto the interstate (I-495 Capital Beltway), my car continued to accelerate uncontrollably. I had both of my feet fully decompressing the break, and still reached a speed of almost 100 MPH. I narrowly averted certain death by finding an opportune exit ramp (both shoulders were closed for construction where the incident occurred). The car finally came to an abrupt stop after deploying the emergency break, putting the car in neutral (and then park), and shutting down the engine. I was mere feet from reaching a busy intersection at the end of the interstate off ramp before the car came to a stop. Whatever Ford says they have done to correct this problem simply cannot be true...at least as of the 2011 Ford Escape models. There was no break override (as I was fully deploying both the break pedal and then the e-break). It was horrifying, and Ford needs to be held accountable. So far, I'm getting completely brushed off because my particular vehicle was not subject to their recall. I don't know why I'm still alive after my accident, and I have a feeling countless others have lost their lives to the same problem.

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