In what’s becoming an all too common practice already, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is teetering on opening a formal investigation into the 2013 Ford Escape for engine problems.
A request to investigate the Escape’s latest issue was filed by the North Carolina Consumer Council, which claims that alleged electronic throttle body failures have led to engines stalling or surging. Ford has already issued three recalls for the 2013 Escape which have been on sale since June of this year. This now proposed recall would encompass 1.6 million Escapes.
Back in July, Ford issued a recall for 485,000 Escapes to remedy a sticker gas pedal. The recall covered those models equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine under the hood and made between the 2001 and 2004 model year. Ford recalled an additional 11,500 2013 Escape models equipped with the 1.6-liter engine because of leaky fuel lines. Owners of these vehicles were advised to stop driving immediately due to the risk of a fire.
On top of all that, 10,000 more 2013 models were brought back to reroute carpet that got stuck underneath the brake pedal. Last July, the NHTSA opened an investigation into 730,000 Ford Escape models and Mazda Tribute SUVs over concerns of unintended acceleration. The NHTSA has 99 reports on hand with alleged incidents of sticky gas pedals in 2001 to 2004 model year Escapes. As a result of these alleged sticky pedals, one person has died and another 13 people have gotten into an accident. Nine people reported injuries from those accidents. The third recall concerning the 2013 Ford Escape was issued last month because of an improperly installed part in the cylinder head that may cause an engine fire.
Honda is facing a massive recall of its own as the NHTSA has opened an investigation into more than 577,000 Honda vehicles. In particularly, Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs may roll away even when you take the key out of the ignition. It’s believed that the mechanism that keeps the vehicle in park even after the key is removed from the ignition isn’t working correctly. In total, 43 reports have been filed with the NHTSA with two people claiming they were hurt as a result. One person said they broke a leg and the other injured their knee while trying to stop the vehicle from rolling away. Stay tuned as more details unfold.