A Ford factory employee noticed a potential issue with the carpet padding on the left side of the center console trim on the 2013 Ford Escape that has resulted in a recall of the hot-selling new crossover. If the padding gets out of position, it can push the trim piece out, reducing the clearance for the driver's feet between the accelerator and brake pedal. When the driver moves his or her foot from the accelerator and brake, it foot might hit the side of the brake pedal and increase the stopping distance.

Ford has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a full recall of all 10,000 Escape models has been initiated – that's 8,266 here in the States, a couple thousand in Canada and a couple hundred in Mexico. Owners will be notified later this month, at which time they can take their vehicles to the dealer for repair free of charge. Check out the notice from NHTSA below.
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Report Date: July 16, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V319000

Vehicle Make / Model: FORD / ESCAPE
Model Year(s): 2013
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 02, 2012

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 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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      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      funny reading all the ford leghumpers praising ford. Ford is the king of hiding defects. Usually takes the federarl government to sue to get action out of ford. ford is still delaying rusting windstars, cruise controls, gastanks
        Al
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        At least ford cares about its costumers and recalls stuff that has tiny effect on 10 cars. Gm waited till peoples houses were burnt to the ground before they recalled their trucks for Chinese windsheild wiper heaters that would catch fire.
      • 2 Years Ago
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          Pope Digg VIII
          • 2 Years Ago
          At least Ford resolved the problem before any accidents happened. Can't say Honda did the same when Pilots started bursting into flames.
          • 2 Years Ago
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        dreadcthulhu01
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think a website called "hondasacuras.com" might be slightly biased in this matter.
        Brex
        • 2 Years Ago
        A Ford loses to a Honda on a Honda fans website? Didn't see that coming.
        pixxxels
        • 2 Years Ago
        Please, tell me more about hondasacuras.com's clearly unbiased opinions.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        how about this one? http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1209_2012_2013_compact_crossover_suv_comparison/ not only did it beat the CR-V, but also the Kia, Mazda, and VW...
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never buy a 2013 Ford Escape.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        You never learn english
        hgeorgech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        You're right, Matt, since your paper route money won't quite cut it for the down payment! Keep riding your Schwinn ....
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing about Ford issuing a recalkl that's surprising is that they didn't try and sweep it under the carpet (pun intended) first. Hopefully soon they will recall it for looking terrible.
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      I realize there will always be the usual "Comapny X sucks" and "Well at least they didn't cover it up like Toyota" and "At least they took care of it right away" but this seems like a truly commendable recall because of the nature in which it came to light. An assembly worker noticed a nuance that could potentially be a problem. Ford didnt' screw around and blow it off and wait to see if it actually became a problem down the road and despite the fact that it was a highly anticipated new product they issued a recall right away to fix the problem. Maybe it's all because of Toyota and we have them to thank but it's clear that most automakers aren't screwing around with recalls anymore.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot066
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        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot066
        Not to take anything away from Ford, nice to see they took care of it right away, but what were they supposed to do. Can't really compare it to other recalls which have popped up due to complaints down the road. The vehicle just started being made and it was noticed on the assembly line. I'd think most manufacturers would have taken care of this. Most recalls don't get noticed this way.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          If it was 20 years ago nobody would have probably noticed it in the first place and if they had they would have figured it would take more time, effort, and money than it's worth to fix it and just kept making them the same way.
      plarson79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hot selling? Based on what? My local Ford dealer has have a bunch for a month and only sold one. Sales manager told me price is the reason people are not buying them. The only "hot selling" Escape is the left over '12 models that are being blown out.
        hgeorgech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @plarson79
        FYI: Ford has already sold 28,000+ 2013 model Escapes ... my local Ford dealer has sold 9 since June 20th and has 14 on order - go figure !!
      i.own.your.ass
      • 2 Years Ago
      catching on fire again?
      Humanpowered
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are a lot of things gone right here. An employee saw a potential problem and cared enough to report it up. They actually took him seriously and looked into it. Management confirmed the problem, reported to NHTSA and initiated the recall. I'm impressed.
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      For all those ragging on Toyota for floor mats: this just shows it can happen to others.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        this also shows how to properly deal with the situation..
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news, people driving cars are now legally considered total effing idiots that can't judge, adjust or negotiate their feet, hands, legs or arms while operating a motor vehicle thanks to all the blood-******* lawyers of the world!!!
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can you imagine if this sort of thing happened in the Chinese space program? The director would have been fired.
      ohiodale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford recalling a vehicle that just went on sale last month means they are more honest than other car manufacturers for example Toyota. It sounds like the problem in the manufacturing plant has already been resolved seeing they are only recalling 10,000 vehicles and they sold $28,000 just in the month of June. The Escape sold more than 5,000 more Escapes than the Honda CRV in the month of June so I do not know where Arron gets the 2013 Escape is losing to the CRV. Some people are so into their cars they need to throw a fit when their car is knocked off its pedestal.. The Escape looks better both inside and out over the boring CRV. The Honda is a nice car but the 2013 Escape has much better styling. Let's face it Hondas have never been know for style.
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ohiodale
        They're probably jumping on it because of Toyota.
        Tommy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ohiodale
        LOL really???? I just don't want the media all in their face. Lets remember what happen with Ford's cruise control that resulted in cars, trucks, and SVUs on fire. Reports have shown that Ford knew about the issue since the early 90s but continue using the same unit until the early 2000s models.
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