- June 26, 2000
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Atlanta, GA
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 2013 GLI, 2013 Escape
Well, I will definately not be buying an Escape...
Ford Orders Second Emergency Stop Sale on Escape in Less Than One Week
Robert Lane, BlueOvalNews.com (staff writer)
published: 02 August 2000
date of revision: 03 August 2000, 2:26pm, est.
source: condition of anonymity
Ford Motor Company has issued a second emergency stop sale order for All Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute models in less than one week. The first stop sale order was issued on 27 July for a potential cruise control accelerator sticking problem. The Ford Escape is now in the running to tie with the Focus, which had three recalls issued before even being sold to a consumer.
The newest stop sale order is the most embarrassing one facing Ford's newest S.U.V. - the steering wheel has the potential of falling off. The recall includes ALL models manufactured from 17 April to 26 July. Ford directive #00S19 states "DO NOT DRIVE DELIVER OR PERFORM PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION ON ANY VEHICLES AFFECTED BY SAFETY RECALL 00S19 UNTIL THE REPAIR HAS BEEN PERFORMED." Consumers and dealership personnel will not be able to test drive an Escape and dealers will not be permitted to prep Escape models that were special ordered for consumers until further notice.
Ford Motor Company is working on a solution to make certain that the steering wheel is properly retained on the vehicle's steering column (so it doesn't fall off) ; however, the service repair instructions and parts are still under development. Ford has not set a date as to when the parts will be available to dealers.
This is the latest in a string of new product launches gone bad. Some attribute the embarrassing PRE-DELIVERY recalls to Ford Motor Company's C.E.O. Jac Nasser who has reduced the engineering staff to what Ford employees and analysts say are below minimum acceptable staffing levels. The results show.