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NHTSA Recall 12V353000

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Vehicles:  Ford Escape

NHTSA Recall 12V353000

NHTSA Campaign ID number : 	12V353000
	
Vehicle Make / Model: 	    	Model Year(s):
     FORD / ESCAPE 	    	2001-2004
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY 	Mfr's Report Date: JUL 25, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V353000 	NHTSA Action Number: PE12019
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 423,634
Summary:
Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used.
Consequence:
A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 6, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Notes:
Ford's recall campaign number is 12S37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Associated Investigation

Stuck Throttle
NHTSA ID: PE12019
Dated opened: July 17, 2012
In a letter dated July 25, 2012 Ford Motor Company (Ford) submitted a Defect Information Report (DIR), NHTSA Recall No. 12V-353 to NHTSA identifying a safety defect involving inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector, which could result in a stuck throttle condition. The vehicles involved are model year (MY) 2001 through MY 2004 Ford Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed (cruise) control. A redesigned engine cover was implemented in production beginning in MY 2005, which provided additional clearance of the speed control cable to the engine cover.

Similarly on July 26, 2012 Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) on behalf of Mazda Motor Corporation of Hiroshima, Japan submitted a DIR to NHTSA, NHTSA Recall No. 12V-357, identifying the safety defect described above in MY 2001 through MY 2006 and MY 2008 Mazda Tribute vehicles (no Tribute vehicles were produced in MY 2007) equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control. Unlike the Ford Escape recall scope, the Mazda Tribute scope is broader as Mazda Tribute vehicles incorporated a similar engine cover design as related to the clearance to the speed control cable in MYs 2001 through 2006 and MY 2008.

The failure report summary above reflects reports identified by ODI in review of data submitted to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) and reports submitted to Ford and to Mazda. ODI identified 44 reports likely related to the safety defect described in the DIRs; 39 involving Ford Escape vehicles and 5 involving Mazda Tribute vehicles.

This Preliminary Evaluation is closed.

The ODI report cited above can be reviewed at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification (ODI) numbers: 10116267, 10128545, 10128681, 10137520, 10153327, 10165007, 10199728, 10234846, 10335779, 10466261, and 10468307.


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
25 July 2012Ford Motor Company (Ford) Recall No. 12S37 - Certain 2001 through 2004 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control - potential interference between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector
From: Steven Kenner, Ford Motor Company
To: Nancy Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 834KB - 3 pages
26 July 2012Speed Control Cable Connector Interference
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Steve Kenner, Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 50KB - 2 pages
26 July 2012Safety Recall 12S37 Certain 2001-2004 Model Year Escape Vehicles with 3.0L Engine and Speed Control Engine Cover Modification
From: Michael A. Berardi, Ford Motor Company
To: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Dealers
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 1.7MB - 12 pages
August 2012Certain 2001-2004 Model Year Escape Vehicles With 3.0L Engine and Speed Control — Engine Cover Modification Attachment III
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 330KB - 4 pages
August 2012Customer Information Sheet
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 58KB - 1 page
August 2012Safety Recall 12S37 Acknowledgement of Interim Service Offer
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 52KB - 1 page
August 2012Safety Recall Notice 12537 / NHTSA Recall 12V-353
From: Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 462KB - 2 pages
August 2012Safety Recall Notice 12S37 / NHTSA Recall 12V-353
From: Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 72KB - 3 pages
22 August 2012Safety Recall 12S37 - Supplement #1 Certain 2001-2004 Model Year Escape Vehicles with 3.0L Engine and Speed Control Engine Cover Modification
From: Michael A. Berardi, Ford Motor Company
To: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Dealers
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 2.2MB - 14 pages
19 September 2012Safety Recall 12S37 - Supplement #2 Certain 2001-2004 Model Year Escape Vehicles with 3.0L Engine and Speed Control Engine Cover Modification
From: Ford Motor Company
To: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Dealers
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 1.5MB - 10 pages
October 2012Safety Recall Notice 12537/ NHTSA Recall 12V-353
From: Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 432KB - 2 pages
30 October 2012Quarterly Completion Report - Third Quarter 2012 - Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573.7
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 2.4MB - 3 pages
30 January 2013Quarterly Completion Report - Fourth Quarter 2012 - Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573.7
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 241KB - 3 pages
30 April 2013Quarterly Completion Report - First Quarter 2013 - Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573.7
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 78KB - 3 pages
28 June 2013IN RE Ford Motor Company
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 904KB - 4 pages
26 July 2013Quarterly Completion Report - Second Quarter 2013 - Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573.7
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 546KB - 2 pages
October 2013*** IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL REMINDER ***
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 641KB - 2 pages
30 January 2014Quarterly Completion Report - Fourth Quarter 2013 - Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573.7
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 87KB - 2 pages
October 2014*** IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL REMINDER ***
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 619KB - 2 pages
September 2015*** IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL REMINDER ***
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 413KB - 2 pages
August 2016*** IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL REMINDER ***
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 262KB - 2 pages
November 2016URGENT SAFETY RECALL
Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Recall 12V353000

PDF
- 372KB - 2 pages


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