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NHTSA Investigating Stalling Issue on 2013 Ford Escape

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Product Liability

There have been some complaints about the 2013 Ford Escape causing stalling problems. As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA has decided to investigate 127,000 of these SUVs.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a 2013 Ford Escape or another defective vehicle, we encourage you to contact our experienced Chicago defective product lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form.

Details on the 2013 Ford Escape Investigation

The 2013 Ford Escapes in question feature 1.6 liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection (GTD) engines that may overheat and cause the Escapes to delay or stall. To date, there have been at least 40 complaints reported to the NHTSA about 2013 Ford Escapes abruptly stalling without warning.

A 2013 Ford Escape owner from California noted that her vehicle stalled while she was driving through a parking lot. The engine on her Escape lost power and stalled. Although regulators have yet to confirm anything, owners explain that their SUVs stall at all speeds and overheat. While the NHTSA has not released more details about this investigation, investigators are in the process of determining whether a safety defect is present and whether the 127,000 affected Escapes require a recall.

Previous Ford Recalls

In 2014, Ford recalled 2013-2014 Escapes after receiving complaints about stalling engines. This recall involved SUVs with 2 liter engines that stalled as a result of wiring harness issues. Recently, Ford recalled about 2 million F-150 pickup trucks after more than 20 owners reported smoke or fire coming from the seat belts. The NHTSA discovered that the pretensioner, which is a component attached to the seatbelt clip’s base, automatically forces the clip down and may generate excessive sparks.

In early summer, Ford issued another recall that involved about 550,000 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion sedans and 2013 to 2014 Ford Escape SUVs. These vehicles may have an issue with the gear shifter, which may lead to vehicle rollaway.

During the spring, Ford recalled about 350,000 2018 Ford-150s and 2018 Ford Expeditions with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 work trucks with six-speed automatic transmissions. These vehicles feature a clip that locks the gearshift cable to the transmission and may cause them to roll away when stationary.

Your Rights During a Vehicle Recall

If you own a vehicle, you should familiarize yourself with your rights during a recall. In the event an auto manufacturer issues a recall and your vehicle is affected, you have the right to:

  • Be informed of the recall in writing
  • Be notified of when the remedy will be available and how long the remedy will take
  • Have repairs made at no cost
  • Be provided with the contact information of the party you can contact if an issue occurs

While an auto manufacturer may repair your vehicle free of charge, they will not automatically compensate you for any injuries you may have suffered as a result of a vehicle defect. Therefore, it’s wise to consult a personal injury lawyer who can let you know whether you have a valid claim. Filing a claim can allow you to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Injured by a Recalled Vehicle? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you or a loved one have been hurt by a recalled vehicle, reach out to our Chicago personal injury lawyers right away. We’ll explain your legal options and may be able to file a claim on your behalf. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.