On July 23rd, Ford will begin a voluntary recall of some of its recently launched 2013 Escape compact SUVs due to a carpeting flaw.
The defect in carpeting may cause drivers to improperly apply the brakes, which would increase both stopping distances and the risk of auto accidents.
According to a Reuters article, Ford said that carpet padding the center console trim panel that was improperly installed can cause a drivers foot to contact the side of the brake pedal when it moves from the accelerator to the brake.
The recall affects vehicles that were manufactured between March 8 and June 7, totaling almost 8,266 defective vehicles, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Recalled vehicles will have the improperly installed carpet padding removed and the left-side console trim panel will be replaced with a new panel.
The Escape was Fords second-best selling vehicle in recent years.