Ford Escape recall: Ford recalls over 484,000 Escape 2001-04 models due to sticking gas pedalsBy Angel Cuala on Jul 27, 2012 in Automobile, United States, World •
Updated: July 29, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Co. announced on Thursday, July 26, 2012 a voluntary recall of more than 484,000 Escape 2001-04 models worldwide, including more than 423,000 vehicles in the US to fix sticking gas pedals, a month after the NHTSA opened a probe involving 68 complaints including one casualty.
2002 Ford Escape
Image Credit: Ford Motor Co. via NY Times
As noted at The New York Times on Thursday, July 26, 2012, this latest Ford Escape recall came after National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation to a car accident last January which caused the life of Saige Bloom, 17, when her 2002 Ford Escape accelerated out of control.
According to a pdf file document by NHTSA on its official website that day, the recalled vehicles affects around 423, 634 units of Escapes in the US with the 3-liter V-6 engines, manufactured from October 22, 1999 to January 23, 2004.
Ford noted that the problem occurs due to the inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the cruise speed control cable, which could result to stuck throttle to stick when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost fully depressed, regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used.
As a remedy, Ford said they will notify all affected Escape owners, which is being expected on or before on Monday, August 6, 2012. The parts are expected to be available in mid-August, and dealers will repair the recalled vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, with no extra charge.
Nevertheless, Ford added that in case the parts will not be available when the owners bring their vehicles, dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, noting that this recall is now under investigation by the Office of the Defects Investigation.
For more information about this Ford Escape recall, owners are being advised to contact Ford on their Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332, or contact NHTSA Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit SaferCar.gov.
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