2013 Ford Escape Under Investigation For Stalling

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2013 Ford Escape SUV after reports of the vehicle stalling.

The government agency received 40 complaints that the 2013 Ford Escape suddenly stalls while driving. According to the NHTSA‘s website, the Escape has a history of 15 recalls and two investigations. The first investigation took place in 2016 over purported door latch failure, and the current vehicle stalling investigation remains open.

The NHTSA claims that the current investigation covers 127,000 vehicles after receiving 40 complaints. The complainants believe that the overheated 1.6L GTDI (turbo) engine caused the Escape to delay or stall.

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The 2013 Escape has a fraught history with recalls, investigations, and faulty production. In July 2012, Ford recalled nearly 10,000 vehicles manufactured in its Kentucky plant after an employee noticed a fuel leak. An investigation ensued, and it was concluded that some fuel lines may have been damaged in the manufacturing process.

Later that year, in December 2012, Ford recalled roughly 80,000 Escapes for leaks. These leaks were believed to result in overheating and fires. Ford issued two recalls about a year later in November 2013, but the recall drama doesn’t end there. In 2014 and 2015, Ford issued recalls for faulty engine wiring that could cause stalling in over 140,000 vehicles.

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and are absolutely committed to launching products with top quality and addressing issues when we see them,” said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt, in an email exchange with Consumer Reports.

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Written by Aaron Robert

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  1. i have a 2013 ford escape and the car is shutting off and they told me its not part of the recall where can i report this problem to? with 11 recalls on this vehicle that is very poor business and somebody should be held accountable

  2. I , have a 2013 Ford Escape SE, and It’s been stalling on me quite abit. yesterday it stalled times while driving and today it stalled 7 times, could this be a recall issue?

  3. My 2013 Ford Escape has quit running while driving on three different occasion and has stalled several times once I had my daughter with me pulling out into the highway barely coasting out of the way of traffic then again turning at a intersection. just this week left me stranded out of town pulling out again into a highway then quitting and had to be towed they could not find out what the problem was only changed oil and filter because couldn’t duplicate problem out several hundred $ for tow bill and rental car for four days and I’m scared to drive it please help I should be able to drive what was e expensive purchase and I not fear for my life every time I leave home or to be stranded and out $ and my children has drove my car that won’t happen anymore

  4. 2013 Ford Escape 1.6 eco boost stalling out on me every day along with low engine coolant. Ford said they fixed $812 later with a leaky hose replaced. Still having the same problems. Said my vin # was not included in recall. Had a close call yesterday when my son was in the car. Ford needs to step up and own the problem before there are serious accidents or deaths

  5. My daughter’s 2013 Ford escape stalled while driving towards a red light, on her way to work. Neighborhood repair shop could not diagnose a problem. 2 days later check engine light came on and Ford dealer advised it had to do with a fuel vapor cap or something like that. Almost $600 later I have the car back. This doesn’t sound like a regular wear problem, but more of a quality one.

  6. My car just did the same thing today. Stopped at a stop sign and when I hit the gas to go it stalled out. I put it in park, started the car and when I put it into gear it just keeps stalling. I even had the transmission fluid flushed not even 10,000 miles ago…

    • I got a mechanic to listen to me he replaced a flp sensor and a pvc hose and fixed the stalling out. Car still hesitating at idling which we are working on.

  7. Have 2013 Escape with 1.6 L engine and 87,000 miles. Intermittantly the car will stall after starting and driven short distance. Sometimes acceleration is not smooth, with a slight surge or hesitation as foot feed is pressed down. Ford dealers in Denver, CO., ignore request for assistance. Several times in slow traffic, car has died. Will restart immediately, but fear that it’s an accident waiting to happen.
    The VIN is 1FCU9GX7DUB17075. Have driven Ford’s for 45 years, but this is changing my loyalty. HELP!

    • Sorry to hear I really like the fords too. Just need to get a good mechanic that will listen. I had same problem and I had flp sensor and one pvc hose replaced and fixed the stalling out issues. I still have hesitation on idling which we are working on. I tried the dealership they let me down. I won’t be going back to them

  8. We have a low mileage 2013 Ford Escape and are having problems with it stalling. We were told by our Ford dealer that it is not part of the recall. After reading all the posts it appears that Ford needs to widen their recall to include more vehicles. This does not appear to be a maintenance problem. I am going to file a complaint with the NHTSA


    If enough people file complaints maybe they will encourage Ford to solve the problem.

    • Maybe it’s time to buy another make (maybe permanently). It looks like service after the sale does not exist for this poorly managed company. Maybe it will come back when the inexperienced unqualified furniture guy is fired.

  9. I have a 2013 Ford Escape 1.6 liter engine and I took it to the shop and it is going to cost me 750 dollars to replace the fuel pump. Mind you my vehicle only has 68k miles one it. This is absolutely ridiculous and ford needs to do something about this.

  10. The door latches on my 2013 Escape are faulty. I had one replaced under warranty, but the second one cost me $500 because the dealership said they couldn’t find any problem. Also, over the past year my Escape has been stalling occasionally at intersections. The vehicle only has 60,000 miles on it, and I maintain it well.

  11. My 2013 ford escape has been stalling out for 2 month took it to the shop and nobody know what wrong with it spend over $1500 for parts that didn’t work

  12. 2013 Ford Escape Eco. Bought it yesterday. Not even a day I was making a turn into heavy traffic and the car stalled. I was at another place about to turn into a street same situation. This is Dangerous! I was just sitting reading this article and the car stalled out. What the hell is going on?

  13. Here we are, facing the same issue. Brand new transmission so it’s not the issue. Car turns off. Ford dealership and 2 other mechanics cant duplicate the issue. There are no codes. I am scared for my life. Still making payments so I cant trade it in because it would put my down in equity smh

  14. I have owned my 2013 Ford Escape since December 2019. It has stalled twice in the past, both times were just as I had started the vehicle and was pulling out into traffic – very upsetting. Today it happened three times within a 5 minute period: once starting and backing out of a parking spot, then again as I was going forward out of the parking lot and the third time as I was in traffic and making a left turn. The rest of the drive home was uneventful. VIN # 1FMCU0GX6DUC49885
    Odometer read 87,717KM when purchased and now it is 92,326 KM.

  15. I have a 2013 Ford SE and I’ve had nothing but problems stalling on me with the transmission of the the torque and apparently there’s a recall and I would like some action on this I am a senior and I cannot afford all these bills that this car is causing me

  16. I left a message May 2, 2020 and today, September 14, 2020, I have still not had a response from you. What is the next step I should take regarding this frightening – possibly dangerous issue? It has happened once more time since that message of May 2.
    Is this a place to leave messages of concern regarding an issue about a possible re-call problem.?

    Thank you,
    Jean Larcombe

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