Ford is recalling over 10,000 2013 Escapes due to mispositioned carpet padding that could lead to interference when braking.
8,266 Escape SUVs are affected in the U.S., while 2,193 are in Canada and a few hundred more are in Mexico. All of the Escapes being recalled were built between March 8th to June 7th at the automaker’s Louisville Assembly Plant. No problems or accidents directly related to the recall issue has been reported by customers.
The issue was discovered back in June when an employee spotted a space between the brake pedal and the center console left-side trim panel and concluded that it could result in the driver contacting the edge of the brake pedal when moving the foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal. The issue could increase braking distance.
Those affected will be notified starting July 23rd and dealerships will remove the carpet padding and replace the console trim panel with a new panel featuring a different surface contour.