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2001-'04 Ford Escape Recalled for Rust, Steering Problem


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Just the Facts:
  • Ford is recalling 385,762 2001-'04 Ford Escape SUVs because a rust problem may cause the lower control arm to separate, potentially resulting in diminished steering control, Ford told Edmunds on Monday.
  • "We are aware of one crash that may be related to this issue, but no injuries," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in an e-mailed message.
  • Dealers will install a reinforcement crossbrace on the affected Escapes.

DEARBORN, Michigan Ford is recalling 385,762 2001-'04 Ford Escape SUVs because a rust problem may cause the lower control arm to separate, potentially resulting in diminished steering control, Ford told Edmunds on Monday.

"We are aware of one crash that may be related to this issue, but no injuries," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in an e-mailed message.

The affected Escapes were sold or are registered in so-called "salt belt" states in the Midwest and Northeast and in certain Canadian provinces.

"In some of the affected vehicles, a corrosion-related separation of the forward attachment of the lower control arm from the subframe may occur when vehicles are operated in high-corrosion environments associated with road salt use for an extended time," Felker wrote.

"Separation of the lower control arm from the subframe may result in diminished steering control, increasing the risk of a crash."

Some of the 2001-‘04 Escapes were built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly plant from October 22, 1999 to December 19, 2003. The recall also involves the 2004 Escape built at Ford's Ohio Assembly plant from May 1, 2003 through January 23, 2004.

Approximately 349,000 of the recalled Escapes are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada, Mexico and federalized territories.

Ford dealers will install a reinforcement crossbrace on the affected Escapes. A specific date for the recall has not been set. No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Edmunds says: If you own the 2001-'04 Ford Escape, contact your dealer for repairs once you get your official recall notification. But if you have an immediate concern, get in touch with your dealer now.

Comments

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Have driven vehicles my whole life in the northeast. Salt on the roads nearly 1/2 the year. When you close in on 10 years of service there is already significant damage to the chassis and sheet metal. In my neck of the woods, it's not the mileage, it's the time. With proper maintenance and a bit of luck, you could drive a Honda, Toyota, even many domestics for 25 years if you lived in Arizona or New Mexico. Salt is a killer.

  • menaceman1 menaceman1 Posts:

    Question:: What if I bought a 2002 ford escape Used / second hand vehicle.. What can be done for me and my vehicle??? email:den2menace@gmail.com

  • htrd31 htrd31 Posts:

    Just had this happen to my 2005 Ford Escape XLT (yes, only '01-04 were recalled). I live in Ohio and we just finished with "salt" season. While driving, we were slammed to a screeching halt as forward attachment of the subframe that holds the lower control arm COMPLETELY rusted through and the wheel wanted to go outward at 90 degrees. The CV axel also was pulled out in the process, keeping the vehicle from being moved off the road. In fact, it took the tow truck 30 minutes to figure out how to get the vehicle off of the truck, as we were able to guide it backwards onto the bed, but couldn't let the Escape roll forward as the wheel was braking and was pressing up into the wheel-well and about to cause further damage. Luckily, we were only going 10mph and it was still a dangerous situation but we had just pulled off the highway. I plan on escalating this issue with Ford, as it is obviously an issue that doesn't stop at 2004 models. At this point, the subframe will more than likely need replaced, or the vehicle is scrap. Thanks Ford! I have been a "ford guy" all my life and depending on what assistance I get with this design flaw, they may have not heard the last of it....

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