Ford Escape Sticky Throttle Recall Under NHTSA Investigation

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

After a recall, a petition and a fatal accident, NHTSA is once again looking into stuck throttle incidents in model year 01-04 Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes.

In December of 2004, 470,000 Escapes and 121,000 Tributes were recalled because of interference between the speed control cable and the appearance cover at the throttle body cam. This interference causes the throttle to become stuck, so when your foot is lifted, the throttle does not decrease.

In January of 2012, there was a fatal accident because of this problem, which is prompting NHTSA to re-assess the case. The claim being investigated is that the alleged fix performed on the recalled vehicles is actually part of the problem.

99 reports of alleged stuck throttle have been collected in all, with sixty-eight reports from Ford Escape owners, and thirty one reports from Mazda Tribute owners. The issues only affect vehicles outfitted with the 3.0L V6 engine.

NHTSA is going to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of alleged defect, and take action accordingly.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

More by Stephen Elmer

Join the conversation
2 of 14 comments
  • Wendy Wendy on Jan 29, 2014

    I am having the same issues with my 2011 Ford Escape. We took it to the dealer when the wrench light came on and told them how the car was sticking. They just told us it was a maintenance light and did a tune up. So needless to say driving away from the dealership it did the same thing it always has. This is ridiculous. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle.

  • Ang Ang on Dec 20, 2015

    so how do i go about getting my throttel body fixed under recall