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Ford recalls 2013 Escape SUVs

By the CNN Wire Staff
July 16, 2012 -- Updated 0002 GMT (0802 HKT)
Only Ford Escapes built between March 8 and June 7 are affected, the company says.
Only Ford Escapes built between March 8 and June 7 are affected, the company says.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The recall affects 8,266 Escape SUVs
  • Mispositioned carpet can reduce clearance around the brake pedal
  • Dealers will correct the problem free of charge

(CNN) -- The Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 8,000 of its 2013 Escape compact SUVs because of a potential problem affecting the brake pedal.

The recall affects SUVs made between March 8 and June 7, 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are 8,266 Escapes involved in the recall.

Ford says mispositioned carpet padding on the center console trim panel may be pushed outward, reducing clearance with the pedals, according to the NHTSA.

That reduced clearance may mean the driver's foot could brush the side of the brake pedal when going from the accelerator to the brake, thus increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash.

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Ford dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace the left-side console trim panel free of charge, the NHTSA said.

The automaker will notify owners, the administration said, but customers may also contact the NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.com.

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