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Ford Escape Recall, Speed Control Danger

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD ESCAPE 2001-2004
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANYMfr's Report Date: JUL 25, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V353000 NHTSA Action Number: PE12019
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 423,634
Summary:
 Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used.
Consequence:
 A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.
Remedy:
 Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance

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