Ford has recalled 423,634 Ford Escapes from 2001-2004 equipped with 3.0-liter V6 engines and cruise control because a cruise control problem may cause the throttle to stick, resulting in “very high vehicle speeds.” NHTSA has been investigating the defect based on complaints, including the death of a 17-year-old girl in Arizona. “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,” NHTSA said in its recalls summary of the problem. “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,” according to NHTSA.
Ford say that if drivers “experience what they believe is a stuck throttle in this, or any other vehicle, they should firmly and steadily apply the brakes, without pumping the brake pedal, shift to neutral, steer the vehicle to a safe location, shut the engine off after the vehicle is safely stopped and place the transmission in park.” The recall affects Escapes built from October 22, 1999 through January 23, 2004. NHTSA had been investigating the safety defect in the 2001-’04 Escape and the 2001-’04 Mazda Tribute.
The recall will begin on August 6th with parts being available in mid-August. Ford dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance. If parts are unavailable, dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as a temporary measure. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 for more information.
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