Ford recalling 2013 Escape SUVs for brake concerns
Ford has just announced the recall of more than 10,000 model year 2013 Escape SUVs due to brake concerns. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents indicate that the vehicle’s brake pedal clearance might be reduced because of mispositioned carpet padding. Consequently, reduced clearance may result in the driver’s foot coming in contact with the side of the brake pedal while transitioning from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal. Such an occurrence increases stopping distances and the danger of a crash.
The vehicles in question were manufactured from March 8th to June 7th at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant. Of the 10,000 Escape models, 8,266 are affected in the U.S. There have been no accidents or injuries related to the recall reported by customers.
Ford will begin notifying U.S. customers of the recall beginning on July 23, 2012. Dealers will remove the carpet padding and left-side console trim panel, free of charge. In the meantime, owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Concerned Escape owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number is 12V319000.