Ford Escape: Crash and Breakdown Information / High Voltage Battery Vehicle Precautions - Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Ford Escape 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Crash and Breakdown Information / High Voltage Battery Vehicle Precautions - Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

In the event of damage or fire involving an electric vehicle or hybrid-electric vehicle:

Vehicle information and general safety practices include reviewing the owner's manual and becoming familiar with your vehicle's safety information and recommended safety practices.


A crash or impact significant enough to require an emergency response for conventional vehicles would also require the same response for an electric or hybrid-electric vehicle.

If Possible:

  1. Move your vehicle to a safe, nearby location and remain on the scene.
  2. Roll down the windows before you switch your vehicle off.
  3. Place your vehicle in park (P), set the parking brake, switch off the vehicle, activate the hazard flashers and move your key(s) at least 16 ft (5 m) away from the vehicle.



As with any vehicle, call emergency assistance immediately if you see sparks, smoke or flames coming from the vehicle. Remain a safe distance from the vehicle and try to stay clear of the smoke.

  1. Exit the vehicle immediately.
  2. Advise emergency assistance that an electric or hybrid-electric vehicle is involved.
  3. As with any vehicle fire, do not inhale smoke, vapors or gas from the vehicle, as they may be hazardous.


  1. Do not store a severely damaged vehicle with a lithium-ion battery inside a structure or within 49 ft (15 m) of any structure or vehicle.
  2. Make sure that passenger and luggage compartments remain ventilated.
  3. Call emergency assistance if you observe leaking fluids, sparks, smoke or flames, or hear gurgling or bubbling from the high-voltage battery.
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