Ford is recalling 8,266 model-year 2013 versions of the Escape compact crossover due to problems with the brake pedal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from March 8 through June 7, 2012, (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb) and have a piece of carpet padding in the center console trim panel that could get in the way of the brake pedal. This could increase stopping distance and could lead to an accident. According to a statement from the automaker, "Ford has not received any field reports of increased stopping distance for this issue."
Ford will notify owners starting July 23, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.