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The Big Fix: Six Vehicles Most Affected By 2012 Recalls Page 6

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2001-2003 Ford Escape


Why it's on the list: Several significant mechanical recalls affecting a large number of vehicles

Covering:

  • Speed control cable connector interference (12V353000, 423,634 2001-2004 Ford Escape models with the 3.0-liter V-6)
  • Anti-lock brake system electrical connectors (12V00500, 244,530 2001-2002 Ford Escapes)

Manufacturer's hotline: 888-327-4236

Not all unintended-acceleration claims are limited to modern 'drive-by-wire' electronic throttle systems. Ford issued a large-scale recall this past summer, covering vehicles with an original manufacture date going back to 1999—the first Ford Escapes—through model year 2004. In vehicles equipped with the V-6, a tight clearance with the engine cover could lead to a throttle stuck in an open or partially open situation. The consequences of ignoring the other major recall (leaking brake fluid, or shorting ABS wiring harness) could also be dire, so if you own one of the affected vehicles, get it fixed right now.


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  1. I can't get too worked up about recalls like a lot of people. If the manufacturer has found a safety problem or something that might fail early and gets on top of it I applaud them. There was a time when something that wasn't right was neglected and manufacturer corrected in the next years model. As for the previous years purchaser he or she was SOL. Unless you had a good dealer's service manager that would go to bat for you when it came to warranty. And then we are all aware of the old 'fix if it fails' warranty. There again a good dealer's Service Manager would get every owners car fixed.
     
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