Ford is recalling nearly 485,000 smaller SUVs, including the Escape, to fix sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 68 complaints about the problem, including 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death. A teenage girl died when an Escape crashed in Arizona in January.
The worldwide recall affects vehicles from the 2001 through 2004 model years that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control. The Ford models are called Mavericks in Europe.