really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
144,928 miles

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problem #59

Jun 102019

Escape Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles
As I was approaching an intersection and red light, my brakes suddenly stopped working. I literally had to stand on the brake and it finally stopped moving. I continued to drive home at less than 10 mph and had to let off the gas in order to slow the vehicle down to attempt to use the brakes and car would shake when brake was applied. Took to mechanic who checked the code and it was the travel sensor.

- Norco, CA, USA

problem #58

Jun 012018

Escape Hybrid

  • 185,000 miles
ABS break light came on and the car failed to stop. Was driving on the road in a small town and was stopping to turn on to a road. The problem had also happen when someone has stopped suddenly in front of me and I needed to break suddenly. Had break fluid changed at Ford dealership and did not fix the problem. When you need to stop suddenly and hit the breaks hard, the pedal hard it stiffens up and will not stop the car. If you turn off the car and wait a few minutes and turn it back on, it seems to reset it until you hit the breaks hard again.

- Lyndon, KS, USA

problem #57

Jul 202018

Escape Hybrid

  • 146,000 miles
I was driving at a normal speed, approximately 35 mph, on a city street. As traffic slowed I began to depress the brake pedal and suddenly I got several alerts on my instrument cluster (brake, ABS, and regen disconnect). At the same time I lost all or most of my braking power. I was forced to use the park brake to stop the vehicle, and barely avoided a collision with another vehicle.this was a very frightening experience. After the vehicle sat for a short time, with the engine off, the system apparently reset itself and when I re-started the engine all functions were operational once again, and all the alerts were gone. However, this period was brief. Thinking this might be a system glitch, I cautiously drove the vehicle home. The next day this failure returned after about 20 miles of driving. At this time I realized that there is a serious flaw in the hybrid braking system of this model year Ford escape, and possibly other model years. I contacted a local Ford dealership and I was shocked when they informed me there are no recalls on this vehicle for this particular failure. As a mechanic I find this ridiculous. After a brief search online I found many hybrid Ford escape owner's that had the same problem as I did. At this point I deemed my vehicle unsafe to drive and decided the best thing to do was to report this failure to the NHTSA with the hopes that the Ford Motor Company will do something about this failure before somebody gets seriously injured or killed. My opinion is the problem is in the hydraulic control unit. (hcu). This is a complex electronic brake control unit that is specific to the Ford Escape hybrid. For the record my vehicle had about 146,000 miles on it when this happened.

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #56

Jun 052018

Escape Hybrid

  • 40,100 miles
Intermittent ABS and brake warning light with almost complete loss of braking.

- Pearce, AZ, USA

problem #55

Jun 292018

Escape Hybrid

  • miles
Vehicle was failing to stop when brakes applied. Codes came back from dealer that hcu and master cylinder needs to be replaced $7100 which is more than the vehicle is worth. Other year modes have been recalled and should be included in the recall

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #54

Jan 032018

Escape Hybrid

  • 10 miles
The ABS light comes on, and after driving it for a few minutes, the brakes completely do not work. After bringing it to a Ford dealership, the part itself is about $5,000 not including labor. (hydrocolic control unit). They didnt recommend fixing it because of how expensive it is. I still owe $5,000 so im stuck paying for a part that is worth more then the car itself.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #53

Aug 112016

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
When applying brakes pedal has to be pressed all the way to the floor and the car continues to move forward almost causing an accident. At this point the ABS light comes on. Updated 9/12/18

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #52

Jul 052017

Escape Hybrid

  • 110,000 miles
I was approaching a T-intersection and attempted to make a stop at the stop sign, but the brake pedal resisted my foot pressure and I could not get the vehicle to slow down. I managed to maneuver through the intersection without further incident and spotted a safe place to pull over to gather my thoughts. The brake pedal again failed to work when I attempted to pull over, but I used the emergency brake to stop the vehicle.. only, this time the brake pedal went all the way to the flood, with no braking effect to the vehicle. This time, unlike the first, 2 brake warning indicators (ABS & brakes!) illuminated on the driver's console. I turned off the vehicle and restarted it, and the indicators had disappeared and the brake pedal had normal resistance to my foot pressure and the brakes worked normally. I called a local Ford dealership and they described the problem as a ¿glitch¿, and said it was most likely a sensor or some other computer malfunction, but that no work done to correct the problem would be covered since the vehicle is out of warranty. Wanting more information, I located a video on youtube.com that shows another vehicle with the same problem. The video is searchable and is found under the title of ¿Ford Escape hybrid brake problem¿. I searched for any recalls for this same vehicle's VIN, but found none listed. What can be done on behalf of the consumer, especially if those video cost estimations are correct?

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #51

Jan 062014

Escape Hybrid

  • 200,000 miles
Rehan brake failure no warning wont stop or go away truck is not able to move no brakes at all many complaints about other 2006 failure and Ford says they know about it but wont do anything for consumers bought a 2008 and same thing is now happening with 08 hybrid

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #50

Jun 162017

Escape Hybrid

  • 77,000 miles
I bought a 10 year old 2006 Escape hybrid with 73,000 miles. After 4,000 mile the ABS light would go on and the brakes would go into manual mode and the warning lights read check brake system and regen disenaged. After restarting the car the problem would go away. This would happen when the vehicle was moving at various speeds. The car still did stop with more brake pressure. We brought it to the dealer and they reset the error codes and gave us back the car. They stated this was per the Ford corporate standards and they could not find anything wrong with the brakes despite the error codes. About 6 weeks later the problem happened again and kept happening. However, this time the brake pedal is soft and we are not confident it will stop every time as it did before. We brought it back to the dealer. Now Ford has diagnosed an issue with the master cylinder, hcu and ABS computer all need to be replaced for $8100 (I only paid $7500 for the car). Since Ford are the only ones that can calibrate the ABS computer we cannot get the repair cheaper elsewhere. Ford will do nothing because it is out of the warranty period.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #49

Jun 072017

Escape Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
After starting the vehicle, (vehicle is stationary) the ABS lights, and brake lights turn on. The brakes go into a safety mode, and don't work unless you push the pedal all the way down to the floor. I can almost roll down my driveway with the brake pedal pushed down all of the way. My driveway has a slight angle to is. Not much of an angle though. The vehicle is not safe to drive on the highway if you don't know if the brakes are going to go out or not.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #48

Apr 052017

Escape Hybrid

  • 82,000 miles
Brakes failed at 10 mph. All brake lights system on dash turned on. Brake was hard and unable to stop vehicle when approaching stop sign. Brakes then released and got soft and would not stop vehicle. Hydraulic cylinder unit failed & master cylinder needs to be replaced. Was approaching a major intersection if brakes failed a few seconds later may have been a fatal accident.

- Mastic, NY, USA

problem #47

Mar 212017

Escape Hybrid

  • 20 miles
ABS brake system

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #46

Dec 262016

Escape Hybrid

  • 156,000 miles
While driving (not braking) the car on an interstate highway for about one hour, the ABS and brake lights illuminated on dash along with the message "service brake system" and a ping sound. When brakes were next applied they had become very soft and not as responsive. I pulled into a safe area and turned the ignition off. After waiting a few minutes, the car was restarted and all of the above mentioned lights and messages were gone and the brakes were working correctly. Continued to drive again and the message didn't reoccur for several hours. The problem has happened several more times on both highways and rural roads and always fixed by turning the car off and letting it sit for a couple of minutes. The problems don't initiate when we are actually braking. Took the car to our Ford dealers service department where they ran a diagnostics test. The report they gave us said " verified customers concern. Retrieve coda 1524, 1526. Brake pedal travel sensor related. Also retrieve codes for traction battery cooling fans." The service dept recommended replacing the brake master cylinder (at a cost of $2078.95) and the hybrid battery cooling fans (at a cost of $716.99).

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #45

Oct 182016

Escape Hybrid

  • 110,000 miles
ABS light comes on. Brakes are loose. Happened now more than 10 times. We just pull over the side and turn off the car. Start again and brakes work fine for a while. This is an scary car. I use to drive my kids around.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #44

Apr 052016

Escape Hybrid

  • 93,000 miles
Brakes suddenly fail. When you are driving down the road the power assist to the brake fails unexpectantly and you must use extreme force to bring the car to a stop. This is intermittent and they will work again after the car is shut off. I have found many complaints of this on line. It is only a matter of time before someone is in a very serious accident. Not only did I find many complaints but these were across several years of production.

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #43

Sep 262016

Escape Hybrid

  • 105,000 miles
Brake light intermittently comes on. ABS light also comes on - loss of braking ability at highway speeds when ABS comes on.

- Venta, OR, USA

problem #42

Aug 262016

Escape Hybrid

  • 75,000 miles
My vehicle has 75,000 miles on it. I bought it Oct.9,2015 with 72,000 miles on it. In May 2016 the engine started cutting out and the message would read "service engine" along with a yellow wrench appearing on the dash. I had the vehicle taken to the local Ford dealer and was told I needed a harness. I paid $1004 for the new harness and they also installed a fan for the hybrid system. The car did it again a few days later and I had it towed back to the dealer. The service department told me they had made a mistake and had to call Ford to get the correct codes to fix the car. I was told it was done and picked it up. The same thing happened less than 4 days later. I had the car towed again and let the dealership send my car home with a mechanic for 2 days. I was told nothing is wrong and picked it up. I now have the ABS light coming on, the red triangle safety light coming on, the red brake light coming on, the low tires light coming on (it stays on) and the yellow wrench light coming on. At night when I turn on my right blinker the high beams come on. The dealership says there is nothing wrong and no codes come up on their machine. When I brake I have to push very hard and sometimes the brakes lock up on me. I have avoided accidents so far but I am concerned at this point. I do not want to be injured or killed and I certainly do not want to injure or kill anyone in an accident that could be avoided, if Ford had a mechanic that knows what is happening with the car. When I am driving the car will suddenly shut off in traffic and I have to stop, put the car in park and restart it. This is good for about 10 minutes before it acts up again.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #41

Jun 172016

Escape Hybrid

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled and several warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. Also, when the brakes were applied, the brake pedal would be very stiff, and the vehicle would skid. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the fan was changed in the hybrid system; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #40

Jul 042016

Escape Hybrid

  • 78,600 miles
Brakes stopped working, dash lit up like a christmas tree.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

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