10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
3,400 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most common solutions:

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problem #1

Feb 212016

Escape SE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles

I was driving and I'm not sure if I hit a patch of ice or vehicle steering froze up. I was traveling the speed limit (35 in a 40 MPH zone) and on a curve, the vehicle veered off the road into a bog. The vehicle started to sink and due to all of the weeds, etc., I was unable to open the door for a few minutes. Then I noticed a flame coming from the back of the vehicle. I pushed the door open and began swimming away from the vehicle. As I was about 30 feet from the vehicle, it exploded. I was in the water and ice for approx. 20 minutes. The Fire Dept, Police, and EMT's arrived and pulled me from the water and took me to the hospital. I have 2nd degree burns on my arm and legs. My insurance company has deemed the vehicle a total loss and the adjuster said the only thing what could be salvaged was 1/2 of my license plate. I asked what could have caused this and the adjuster said that perhaps it was an electrical problem and water mixed with the electrical problem may have caused the fire. He did state that he did not know what caused the fire and explosion. The vehicle is sitting and I have asked that it not be destroyed (what's left of it) until the cause can be determined. This concerns me greatly because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. The shock is starting to wear off and I keep asking myself how in the world a car could "just explode". Please let me know if anyone else has had any problem like this or if anyone can suggest what may have caused this catastrophe. Thank you.

Update from Mar 2, 2016: I was driving in Maine. I'm not sure if I hit a patch of ice or if the steering froze up. I was traveling 35 in a 40 MPH zone and on a curve, the vehicle veered off the road into a bog. The vehicle started to sink and I was unable to open the door for a few minutes. Then I noticed a flame coming from the back of the vehicle. It took all of my strength but I pushed the door open and began swimming away from the vehicle. As I was about 20 feet from the vehicle, it exploded. I was in the water and ice for approx. 10 minutes. The Fire Dept, Police, and EMT's arrived and pulled me from the water and took me to the hospital. I have 2nd degree burns on my arms and legs. My insurance company has deemed the vehicle a total loss and the adjuster said the only thing that could be salvaged was 1/2 of my license plate. I asked what could have caused this and the adjuster said that perhaps it was an electrical problem and water mixed with the electrical problem may have caused the fire. He did state that he did not know what caused the fire and explosion. The vehicle is sitting and I have asked that it not be destroyed (what's left of it) until the cause can be determined. This concerns me greatly because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. I believe if anyone else had been in the vehicle, they would not have had time to escape. There was no smoke - only fire and then the explosion. The shock is starting to wear off and I keep asking myself how in the world a car could "just explode". Please let me know if anyone else has had any problem like this or if anyone can suggest what may have caused this catastrophe. Thank you.

- , Port Orange, USA