Posted by Lucy P on June 5, 2012
Ford is recalling close to 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks to fix the gas pedal. The gas pedals can stick and can cause an accident. This will be the third recall for Ford Escape vehicles in two weeks. 11,500 new 2013 models were recalled a week ago because fuel lines can crack and leak gasoline, causing a fire. Just a few days before the 2nd recall, Ford recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking.
The latest recall affects vehicles from the model year 2001 through 2004 that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engine with cruise control. The cruise control cables can catch on the plastic cover on top of the engine and cause the gas pedal to stick.
Consumer group, Center for Auto Safety, accused Ford of knowing about the issue since 2005, but not taking any action until the government began to investigate. In 2004 about 590,000 Escapes and Tributes were recalled to fix an accelerator cable defect, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration think that the repairs could have damaged the cruise control cable.
The NHTSA is also investigating the 2001-2004 Mazda Tribute, which were built on the same assembly line as the Escape.
Ford says, if you do experience a stuck throttle, firmly apply the brakes without pumping the brake pedal, shift to neutral, steer the vehicle to a safe location, shut off the engine and put the vehicle in park as soon as the vehicle is safely stopped.
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