Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 10,000 recently launched 2013 Escape compact SUVs in connection with a carpeting flaw. All of the vehicles being recalled were reportedly sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
According to an announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles that were manufactured between March 8, 2012 and June 7, 2012 because of mis-positioned carpet padding that could lead to increased braking distance due to this interference.
The safety risk is a driver could improperly hit the brakes, increasing risk of a crash. Auto Guide reported, the recall affects 8,266 Escapes sold in the U.S., 2,193 in Canada and a "few hundred" in Mexico. Reportedly, the problem was noted by an employee.
NHTSA said Ford will be notifying owners so they can get a replacement. This outreach is scheduled to begin on July 23, 2012. The recall campaign number is 12S34.
At this time, there have been no problems or accidents reported due to this carpet flaw.
Consumers with any concerns or questions in connection with the Escape recall can call Ford Motor Co. at 1-866-436-7332.
Reuters (courtesy of Yahoo! News) reported the Escape is Ford's second-best selling vehicle, ranking in at the sixth best-selling overall in the U.S. during June 12, selling 28,500 of the compact SUV.