LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 16, 2012) — Some 2013 Ford Escapes manufactured at the Louisville Assembly Plant have been recalled.
The carpet padding was “mispositioned” during installation in 8,266 vehicles, which Ford said may cause the center console trim panel to be pushed outboard of its intended position, reducing clearance to the pedals.
“The reduced clearance may result in the driver’s foot contacting the side of the brake pedal while transferring the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, increasing stopping distances and the risk of crash,” Ford said.
The recalled vehicles were manufactured from March 8 to June 7.
The accelerator pedal function is not affected by the mispositioned carpet padding, Ford said.
Ford filed a notice July 2 with the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration. The company has not received any reports of increased stopping distance.
A Ford employee reported the concern about the space between the brake pedal and center console left-side trim panel in early June.
Affected owners will receive instructions by mail from Ford about how to have the vehicle repaired free of charge. The letters will be mailed the week of July 23.
For more information, customers can call Ford’s toll-free line at 1-866-436-7332.