2013 Ford EscapeEnlarge Photo
Why it's on this list: Four recalls announced in 2012
Manufacturer's hotline: 888-327-4236
The 2013 Ford Escape, which hit the market last spring, is an especially important product for Ford—as the previous Escape had been a longtime best-seller among compact crossovers. Yet the new Escape got an uneasy start out the gate, with an embarrassing total of four different recalls by year end covering safety-related issues—three of them potentially leading to fire, and/or rather catastrophic engine failure. It's true, however, that considering the high volumes this vehicle is produced in, these recalls covered a relatively small portion of Escapes made; and they're better caught early than when a significant number of these show up on the used-car market.