Ford Motor Company is recalling 8,300 2013 Ford Escapes in the United States because they improperly installed carpeting that may interfere with the way that the driver hits the brakes. In a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford said that the mispositioned carpeting ?may result in the operator?s foot contacting the side of the brake pedal while transferring the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, potentially increasing stopping distances.?
Around 2,200 Escapes were recalled in Canada. Ford said that an employee discovered the problem and they did not receive any complaints from consumers. However the NHTSA said that they have received two complaints from Escape owners this month. ?The gas pedal is too close to the brake,? said an Escape owner to the NHTSA. ?When I wear big shoes the back left side edge of my shoe catches the back side of the brake when I lift it off the gas. Serious problem that should be corrected.?
The 2013 Escape has been one of the most strongest selling compact crossovers since being introduced over 10 years ago. Ford expects the new Escape to fight competition like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Ford said that the recall was voluntary, but they were still required to notify the NHTSA otherwise face a civil fine.