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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.
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.
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.