Ford is recalling close to 485,000 Escape and Maverick models to fix sticking gas pedals which can result in crashes.

The worldwide recall affects the 2001 through 2004 model years, powered by three-litre V6 engines with cruise control.

The news comes just over a week after U.S. safety regulators began investigating the SUVs – called Mavericks in Europe.

Sixty-eight complaints have been filed so far, including 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death.

Out of the 485,000 vehicles, 421,000 Escapes are in the U.S. The rest are in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and some other smaller markets.