2003 Ford Escape XLT PopularEnlarge Photo
Why it's on the list: Several significant mechanical recalls affecting a large number of vehicles
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.