July 16, 2012
2013 Ford Escape Recalled For Potential Braking Issue
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Vehicle manufacturer Ford announced a recall of 2013 Ford Escape SUVs to replace carpet padding under the driver´s seat area that could disrupt braking in the vehicle, according to the Associated Press (AP). An estimated 10,000 cars are affected by the recall.
Ford explained that carpet padding was incorrectly positioned at the factory that could reduce space around the pedals potentially causing drivers to apply the brake pedal when switching from the accelerator.
The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace a console trim panel at no charge to consumers.
The recall impacts 8,266 vehicles in the US, Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said. The recall also affected about 2,000 vehicles in Canada and a few hundred sold in Mexico.
No reports of accidents or injuries have been reported from the problem, which she said was discovered “through internal evaluations.” The vehicles were built at Ford´s assembly plant in Louisville, Kentucky.