Ford Motor Company is recalling 8,266 of its 2013 Escape compact SUVs because of a problem that could affect the brake pedal.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford said that carpet padding on the center console trim panel may be pushed outward and interfere with the pedals. A driver’s foot could brush the side of the brake pedal when going from the accelerator to the brake, increasing not only stopping distance but also the risk of a crash.
The recall affects Escapes made between March 8 and June 7, 2012. Ford dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace the left-side console trim panel free of charge. Ford will notify owners of the fix, or you can contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.com.