Recall roundup: 2001–2004 Ford Escape image

Ford has recently announced a recall for the 2001-2004 Escape models, because of a problem with the cruise control which may cause the throttle to stick.

After the new generation of the Ford Escape has been recalled a couple of times over the past weeks, the model is once again entering our news, this time in the old generation, which will have to be taken back to the dealers in order to fix a problem with the cruise control. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 423,634 units of the 2001-2004 Ford Escape will be affected by this recall, which is expected to begin on the 6th of August, this year. However, parts will be available in mid-August.

“Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used. A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death”, as the NHTSA is saying in its recalls summary of the problem.

The affected vehicles have been manufactured between the 22nd of October 1990 and the 23rd of January, 2004. The models will be repaired by increasing the engine cover clearance, according to the NHTSA. Owners are being advised to contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 and ask more details about this recall.