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The 2013 Ford Escape (Credit: Ford).
DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 10,000 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking.

Ford says that wrongly positioned carpet padding could reduce space around the pedals and cause drivers to hit the side of the brake pedal when switching from the accelerator.

The auto maker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace a console trim panel at no charge.

Ford said the recall covered 8,266 vehicles in the U.S. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said it also affected about 2,000 vehicles in Canada and a couple hundred in Mexico.

Zwiebel said Ford had not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem, which she said was discovered "through internal evaluations." The vehicles were built between March 8 and June 7 at Ford's assembly plant in Louisville, Ky.

The recall is expected to begin July 23. Owners may call the automaker at 866-436-7332.

Ford sold 28,500 Escapes last month, up 28 percent from June 2011.

The Ford Escape recall is not the first to involve floor mats. Starting in 2009, Toyota underwent a massive recall that ultimately involved more than 14 million vehicles in order to fix a similar issue. The saga began when a California Highway Patrol officer and his family were killed in a brutal accident in San Diego. The officer was unable to stop the Lexus he was driving when the gas pedal became stuck on the mat.

Toyota is still fixing the problem, issuing recalls for floor mat problems as recently as late June.

The recall is not a good start for the new generation of the Escape CUV, one of the most popular vehicles in the segment. Such early problems are sure to affect consumer mindset regarding the safety and reliability of the vehicle even after the particular issue has been fixed.

AOL Autos Consumer Editor Michael Zak contributed to this story.




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      papam11
      • 2 Years Ago
      What in the hell are these "engineers" doing? I have a Mustang GT with a dash squeak. Here's the hint: what do you get when you place one piece of plastic up against another piece of plastic. Um.......wait for it...............a squeak. Geniuses.
      Harry Piels
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ought to recall the Escape to redesign the rear end which has a frumpy look....Make it sporty and you'll have a winner. Very few sporty SUVs are out there. The one with innovative design, the GMC Terrain, is a big seller. The Kia Sportage gets runner up in my book. . The good auto designers must have retired...just look at the ugly junk on the roads while out there in traffic !
      KEN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Gasnm, it's normal to have brake pads replaced every 30,000 miles or so. The GM cars you speak about have drum brakes and last three times as long. Go back and buy your crappy GM cars!
      Mary Ann
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford is making a HUGE mistake, changing the Escape, a VERY popular SUV into a CUV. It is UGLY and no longer can do what an SUV was designed to do. If I want a car, I will buy one. But as for an SUV, the Escape is OFF my list. Ford had a cash cow and they just killed it. The Escape looks like crap and is too small. Way to go, Ford! You wrecked what wasn't broken!
        Sport
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mary Ann
        Mary Ann - I sent Ford the very same message. For me, the Escape no longer appeals to me at all, even though I've had two of them in past, but a third is no longer in the cards.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mary Ann
        Mary Ann! You hit the nail right on the head! Ford has made a huge mistake changing this vehicle. I am on my 3rd Ford Escape Hybrid. I drove all the way from Dallas, TX to Westbrook, Maine to buy a 2012 model before the 2013 hit the dealerships. The article stated that sales were up 28% over last June but it did not mention the breakdown of 2012 vs 2013 year models. I will tell everyone that fleet managers all over the country are buying up the 2012 Escape Hybrids like crazy. Let's hope that the mistake Ford made on the 2013 Escape is the end of it. Heaven forbid Ford screws up all of the most popular models.
        Malik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mary Ann
        The escape actually looks quite nice, not all boxy like the older one. More modern looking.
        ladyredskins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mary Ann
        Mary Ann, I totally agree with you about the new Escapes, they are ugly. I have a 2008 that I love and it looks good. The new ones look too much like the Edge which is not a good looking vehicle. I don't know why Ford had to change something that was not broken. They could have changed how the lights are, minor things but not the body style.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mary Ann
        Guess you can't read or didn't read the article fully. They stated sales were up last month 28% from last June.
          • 2 Years Ago
          bodden007... the article doesnt say haw many of those vehicles were 2012 vs 2013 year models. In my case, I dropped what I was doing when Ford sent me preview pictures of the 2013 and immediately dropped what I was doing and bought a 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid 4X4 so that I would not get stuck with a POS 2013 model. I had not planned to buy a new Escape until the plug-in hybrid was introduced but when they totally screwed up the 2013 Escape and dropped the hybrid Escape all together, I accellerated my new car purchase. I had to drive all the way to Maine to get the car I wanted because all of the 2012 Escape Hybrids were being bought up by fleet managers nationwide. I am on my 3rd Escape Hybrid (1 2WD and 2 4X4) following a string of two Hummer H2's and I could not be happier (unless they reintroduce the hybrid Escape). Unlike the Hummer's 12-16 MPG, I consistently get 30+ MPG city in my 2012 Escape Hybrid 4X4.
          ladyredskins
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sales might be up but I wonder where, I travel a lot and haven't seen one 2013 Escape to date. I travel by driving my vehicle, I don't fly or take the bus, just drive so I see many vehicles on the road but as I said no new 2013 Escapes to date.
      AL-Concetta
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see American car makers are back to their old ways of making junk cars again.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AL-Concetta
        So having carpet in the wrong area makes it junk?
      olddon48
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have owned three Mercury Grand Marquises, a Ford Escape, and now I am driving a Lincoln Town car. All from Ford Motor Company. And I have loved them all. Never any problems.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have owned a Ford product for the past 20 years, I currently own a 2007 F250 Diesel, 2011 Escape, and 2012 Focus. I would not buy any other vehicle no matter what the brand. Ford has been good to me for all these years so I'm staying with them. I have owned Dodge and Chevy in the past, even the old AMC Jeep, which was also a very good vehicle, just a rough ride. All types of vehicles have problems and yes some of the parts are made in Canada and Mexico, but big deal. Buy what you want, nobody cares anyway except the owner and the dealer taking your money. Even if the current vehicles I have get recalled, I'm still staying with Ford, they are great and worth every penny, and I drive the **** out of my vehicles.
      • 2 Years Ago
      2001 Ford Mustang....220,000 miles.....have never had an engine or transmission problem!! ;) 2005 Ford Escape XLT......no problems either at 115,000 miles!!!! :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just bought the 2013 Ford Escape, the recall about engine over heating really messed up my spirits, I hope the fix comes soon!
      • 2 Years Ago
      FORDS ARE THE BIGGEST. PILES OF GARBAGE ON THE ROAD, THEY ARE ALWAYS CATCHING FIRE, OR BREAKING DOWN. LOOK HOW MANY FORDS WERE RECALLED, LOOK HOW MANY FLIPPED AND KILLED PEOPLE BECAUSE FORD PUT CHEAP RETREADED TIRES ON THERE VEHICLES. WHAT A JOKE. IF THEY ARE SUCH GREAT CARS "BILLESD" THEN WHY IS THAT EVERY PERSON IVE KNOWN WITH A FORD HAD A TRANNY PROBLEM. MY MOM HAD 2 TAURUS'S BOTH TRANNYS WENT. MY GIRLFRIEND HAD A SHO TAURUS, TRANNY WENT, MY FRIEND HAD A FOCUS AND TRANNY WENT, MY FRIENDS FAMILY HAD ALL FORDS, ESCORT, EXPEDITION, EXPLORER CONTOUR, EVERY SINGLE ONE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE TRANSMISSION BEFORE THEY EVEN HIT 150,000 MILES. AMERICA CANT MAKE ANYTHING. GOOD AND ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO SAY MADE IN AMERICA, ALOT OF FORD PARTS ARE MADE IN CHINA IN A SWEATSHOP BY LITTLE KIDS WORKING 18 HOURS A DAY!!!. MY GIRLFRIENDS FATHER JUST BOUGHT A BRAND NEW FOCUS AND ITS BEEN BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP 3 TIMES BECAUSE ITS BURNING UP BATTERYS AND THEY CANT FIGURE IT OUT. JAPAN MAKES SOME OF THE BEST CARS ON THE ROAD, SUBARUS ARE AMAZINGLY RELIABLE AND SAFE, BOXER ENGINES RUN SMOOTHER AND STAY LUBRICATED BETTER, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, GREAT IN SNOW AND OFF ROAD, HOLD THERE VALUE, HONDAS-ACURAS -BULLETPROOF ENGINES GO FOR YEARS EVEN WHEN YOU BEAT THE SNOT OUT OF THEM AND NEVER CHANGE THE OIL, AND THEY HOLD THERE VALUE AND RUN OVER 300,000 MILES, THE LIST GOES ON, NISSAN-INFINIT, TOYOTA-LEXUS EXCELLENT RELIABILITY. IF YOU DONT WANT TO BUY A JAP CAR THEN DISH OUT SOME MONEY FOR A NICE VOLVO, OR AUDI. SAABS ARE GARBAGE AND OUT OF BUSINESS, VOLVOS ARE TANKS AND WHEN TESTED THEY DRIVE THEM THROUGH CEMENT WALLS. THEY ALSO DROP THEM FROM 14 FEET IN THE AIR ON THERE ROOFS TO TEST STRENGTH AND SAFETY FOR IF YOU EVER FLIPPED OFF A ROAD AND DOWN AN ENBANKMENT. VW AND AUDI HOLD CONTESTS ALL THE TIME TO AWARD THE HIGHEST MILEAGE A PRIZE. THERES BEEN NUMEROUS VWS AND AUDIS FROM THE 70'S AND 80'S TURBO DIESELS THAT HAD OVER 500,000 MILES AND STILL THE SAME EXAUST EVEN IN SNOW/SALT AREAS!!!! AND THIS WAS VERIFIED AT A AUDI-VW DEALERSHIP!!!! VW HAS MADE THE MOST HIGHEST MPG CAR AND ITS NOT A HYBRID. ITS A VW GOLF TURBO DIESEL, CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY THAT GOES OVER 80 MPG'S!!! AND ITS NOT SOME STUPID HYBRID LIKE A PRIUS THAT ONLY GETS 50MPG'S OR SOME REDICULOUS ELECTRIC CAR THAT GOES 40 MILES AND HAS TO BE CHARGED FOR 13 HOURS
      oldgabe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2008 Ford Taurus X purchased new. I returned it to the Ford dealer for tire rotation with just over 27,000 miles "way under 36,000 miles" and with just two weeks left on the warranty. I was informed my rear brakes were gone and too bad the warranty does not cover brakes. Can anyone convince me that is not a mfg. defect ?? I should have known better the last new Ford product I purchased was a 1971 Ford Station Wagon V-8 Country Squire, it needed a valve job at 48,000. Every two years after I purchased a Chevrolet Wagon Caprice Estate and never a problem. The last one I traded in on a Buick Century Station Wagon and It had 99,300 miles on it. I will never make the Ford mistake again.
      billlesd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a 2011 Escape Hybrid. Very happy with it. Great mileage and pickup ,pleasant interior, comfortable ride, no mechanical problems,. I previously owned a Ford Windstar van for !2 years. Ditto...no problems. I always buy American cars.Don't know why they changed the look of the Escape, its the way things are sold, unfortunately. I also hear that cab fleets couldn't get enough of them, which tells you they work hard and work well..The carpet pad placement in the new model is unfortunate but should not be a deal breakers, and will clearly not be an issue on new cars going forward. My insurance went up very little when I bought my Escape, .... I was told it was because it has so many safety features.
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