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Ford Escape Recall 12V353000

The Throttle May Stick in the Wide Open Position

Engine, July 25, 2012

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Our Quick Take:

Ford is recalling 2001-2004 Escape vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 engine, the throttle could become stuck when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost fully depressed.

What Should You Do?

Ford will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning August 6, 2012. There are no symptoms that could forewarn you of this issue. If you have any issues with the throttle sticking, do not drive your vehicle and call your local Ford dealer immediately. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

Ford Escape models equipped with a V6 are being recalled because 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 the 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 result in a crash. Dealers will correct this concern by increasing the engine cover clearance. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August. Until then, dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. The Ford recall number is 12S37.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Manufacturer's Report Date: July 25, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V353000

NHTSA Action Number: PE12019

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected: 423,634

Summary: Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 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 or not speed control (cruise control) is used.

Consequence: 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.

Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 6, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes: Ford's recall campaign number is 12S37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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