NHTSA to investigate 1.6 million 2005-12 Ford Escapes

Article by Christian A., on October 7, 2012

After receiving reports of alleged engine defects, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it will review a request by the North Carolina Consumers Council to investigate 1.6 million 2005-12 Ford Escapes. The council asked the NHTSA to examine allegations that its engines could stall or surge due to electronic throttle body failures.

The petition includes two new complaints of stalling in 2009 Ford Escape SUVs, which had throttle body failures. The owners of these vehicles said that there were frequent incidents of stalling and engine surging. Ford has said that it will cooperate with the NHTSA. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said that it has only started its probe and so there’s little information available for now.

In the petition of the North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC), dated August 30, 2012, the NHTSA is being asked to start a probe on the alleged defects of supposed electronic throttle body failures that result in engine stall or surge.

The petitioner submitted supporting evidence, citing two recent instances of stall while driving in MY 2009 Ford Escape vehicles that were identified to have failed throttle bodies with diagnostic trouble codes P2111, Throttle Body Stuck Open, and P2222, Throttle Body Stuck Closed.

The petitioner said that Ford has released several technical service bulletins that encompass a large variety of vehicles and throttle body issues related to hesitation and stalling, such as 08-18-2 and 09-23-5. A copy of the petition will be placed in the public file. This request will then be examined and a decision will be made whether to grant or reject it.

2010 Ford Escape is a small SUV recognized as the finest in its class when it comes to crash test evaluations. The integration of five new features is advancing its technology leadership. These latest features increase safety, decrease driver distractions and aid drivers through its automatic parallel parking.

Launching in car showrooms this summer, the latest Ford Escape will add features such as Integrated Spotter Mirrors, MyKey teen-safety technology, optional Rear View Camera System and real-time directions, traffic and information SYNC.

The Integrated Spotter Mirrors offers standard MyKey on XLT and above models.

It will also be the pioneering SUV to provide Active Park Assist in North America. This feature makes use of Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and ultrasonic-based sensing technology in computing the best steering angle, positioning the car for parallel parking and steering the vehicle into a parking spot quickly.

New Ford Escape, which editors in Kelley Blue Book picked as among the "2009 Best New Family Vehicles," is also the only one in its class to provide a standard Safety Canopy side curtain air-bag system and a standard AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control).

Ford's team vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Susan Cischke said that the new model is among the few automobiles in the segment of small SUVs that received both a 'Top Safety Pick' and full 5-star crash rating. The vehicle’s new features will improve Ford Escape’s driver satisfaction and safety.

Topics: nhtsa, ford, ford escape

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