According to a report from Business Insider, the Ford Escape is the 12th best-selling automobile in the United States. Unfortunately, these vehicles have also been found to have some significant safety problems. In the last four years, more than a dozen different recalls have been issued for Ford Escape models.
Dates: April 2, 2014, May 7, 2014, July 2, 2014, August 11, 2014, September 7, 2014, September 26, 2014, January 9, 2015, June 24, 2015, July 8, 2015, June 26, 2016, August 24, 2016, September 6, 2016, March 27, 2017, July 25, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Ford Escape is subject to 12 recalls, the 2015 Ford Escape is subject to four recalls, the 2016 Ford Escape is subject to one recall and the 2017 Ford Escape is subject to one recall. Notably, some of these vehicle safety recalls overlap, meaning the same defect is affecting Ford Escape vehicles from different years. The specific recalls issued for the Ford Escape are as follows:
- Welds on seats may fail: This means that seats may come loose while driving or in the event of a crash, putting occupants at risk.
- Side curtain rollover airbags are delayed: In some Ford Escape accidents, side airbags are not being inflated properly.
- Doors may open while driving: Alarmingly, a defective Ford Escape door may open while driving, putting vehicle occupants at serious risk.
- Engine wiring splices lead to sudden stalls: Problems with engine wiring on the 2014 Ford Escape can cause the vehicle to stall without warning.
- Fuel module cracking: The 2014 Ford Escape’s fuel module has a cracking problem, which can lead to dangerous vehicle stalls.
- Airbag deployment failure: Circuit problems in the front airbags of the car can cause these safety devices to fail during an accident.
- Engine cylinder head defects: The 2014 and 2015 Ford Escape both have problems with the engine cylinder head, which can cause oil leaks and lead to fires.
- Seat and seat belt mounting problems: The 2014 and 2015 Ford Escape models both have been equipped with improperly manufactured seat and seatbelt bolts. These bolts are at risk of fracturing, which can dramatically increase occupant injury risk in the event of a collision.
The safety problems with all recent models of the Ford Escape (though particularly the 2014 and 2015 models) are very serious. Because of engine cylinder head problems, there is an unacceptable risk of under-hood fires. Additionally, because of major problems with seatbelts and airbags, occupants are at a heightened risk for injuries if a crash occurs.
If you own or lease a Ford Escape (2014-2017), you should have received official notification from Ford informing you of all of the recalls that have been issued for your specific vehicle. You are legally entitled to a free repair for all affected safety problems. To ensure that you get compensation for the full value of your damages, you should consult with a qualified lemon law attorney immediately.
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