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.
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.