July 27, 2012—Ford Motor recalled 2001–2004 Escape models that are equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a speed-control system, and that were manufactured from Oct. 22, 1999, through Jan. 23, 2004. 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 speed control (cruise control) is used.
A stuck throttle might result in high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which would increase the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will make a speed-control repair free. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about Aug. 6, 2012.
Owners may contact Ford at 866/436-7332. Owners also may contact National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.