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WASHINGTON DC - Ford is recalling about 8,270 2013 Escape SUVs due to a problem with carpet padding that can interfere with braking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Sunday.
"Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from March 8, 2012 through June 7, 2012," the statement said.
"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," it added.
"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."
Ford plans to make needed repairs at no cost to owners of recalled cars, the NHTSA said.