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Ford Recalls 8,200 New Escapes

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On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:57PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ford Recalls 8,200 New Escapes

Ford has just announced a recall of 8,266 Escape models for a very unusual reason. It seems the carpet in these cars may have been aligned wrong underneath the driver’s seat leading to the center console. This misalignment may reduce the distance between the floor and the pedals, which could cause the driver to catch the brake pedal while moving from the gas pedal.

This obviously could cause a host of problems for those on the road, most notably, a crash. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 to schedule a free fix of the carpet and console panel, or wait it out until Ford initiates their recall beginning July 23.  

Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Ford / Escape2013
Manufacturer:Ford Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:July 2, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V319000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Pedals And Linkages
Potential Number of Units Affected:8,266

Summary:

Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from March 8, 2012 through June 7, 2012. Due to mis-positioned carpet padding the center console trim panel may be pushed outboard of the intended position, reducing clearance relative to the pedal package.

Consequence:

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 a crash.

Remedy:

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove the carpet padding and left-side console trim panel replaced with a new panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 23, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:

Ford's recall campaign number is 12S34. Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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