Ford Escape Might Undergo Another NHTSA Investigation

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

NHTSA has announced that an investigation into about 1.6 million Ford Escape SUVs is being considered.

The organization recently received a petition from the North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC) saying the throttle body in many Escape vehicles can become lodged open, or closed.

A stuck throttle body can lead to either engine stalling or the engine unexpectedly surging forward. Ford has issued technical service bulletins about the issue, but according to the NCCC, it is not enough to fix the issue. Three Escape variants are part of the issue according to the NCCC: 2005 through 2012 Escapes, 2005-2007 Escape Hybrid Electric Vehicles and 2005-2012 Escape Hybrids.

Owners have reported that while driving, their Escape suddenly lurched forward, would not accelerate or the gas pedal was getting stuck. Many owners report that the problems become more prominent when the outside temperature is around or below 50 degrees.

NHTSA is reviewing the petition and deciding if a full investigation is warranted.

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>

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  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Nov 14, 2012

    I hope something comes from this... I have a 2005 Ford Escape and I have been to the dealer twice to have them replace a faulty part that has caused my accelerator to stick. It usually only happens when it is really cold. It is very scary to be sitting at light and when I push down the accelerator it does not move, no matter how hard I push done... I am actually taken my car into the dealership this week to get this problem resolved...again.

  • Raymond Charles King Raymond Charles King on Dec 17, 2012

    We have a 2010 Ford Escape Limited V6. We experience the throttle be lodged closed. The car would be running fine and then it suddenly lost power. We coasted to a stop and I restarted the car. Everything was fine after that. 30 minutes later the same issue happened again. This is a serious issue. If this happened on a freeway at speed it would be very dangerous to move across lanes to the shoulder with no power. Our car is going into the shop today.