Charlie, I have tapped in the stock 120v wiring in all 3 of my Escapes, no issue with the 1stG models, I replaced the shallow box with standard interior blue plastic box and added another outlet further away. Did this in my 2012 and 2014 Escapes. The newer ones have a new style electrical box which caused me some extra steps. As an alternative, I installed a power pedestal in my table to keep all my power cords on top of the table away from entanglement underneath.
Due to the pandemic, my life now exists of only 3 days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Everything else has been forgotten!