Automaker, Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of about 8,500 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs in the US market after the company found that carpet padding could obstruct braking.
The company said that the padding could result in drivers accidently hitting the side of the brake pedal when switching from the accelerator. The company has not reported any accidents because of the problem but has announced the recall to fix the problem in the affected models.
Ford has said that its dealers will not only replace the left side console trim panel with a new unit but also replace carpet padding. The recall is expected to begin on June 23. Ford is investigating all Escapes built from March 8 through June 7, 2012.
Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said that the problem as also affected 2,000 vehicles in Canada and a couple hundred in Mexico. The vehicles were built between March 8 and June 7 at Ford's assembly plant in Louisville, Ky.
The Ford Escape, which was introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model year, is a compact crossover from the company. It is included in the company's traditional SUV lineup and was sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick. The model was co-developed with Mazda and was released with the Mazda Tribute.