When the auto industry slows in the summertime, and news tends to trickle from the AP wire faucet and the other automobile news sources, there’s almost always an automobile recall to inform people of.
And, as per the usual of recalls, Ford’s language relating to the voluntary recall of its 2013 Escapes is, well, confusing.
“The mispositioned carpeting may result in the operator’s foot contacting the side of the brake pedal while transferring the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, potentially increasing stopping distances.”
And, as per the usual of consumers being smarter than the people making the consumables, the consumer’s language prompting the recall is a bit more accurate:
“The gas pedal is too close to the brake. When I wear big shoes, the back left side edge of my shoe catches the back side of the brake when I lift off the gas. Serious problem that should be corrected.”
Got that? Ford is blaming the problem on the carpeting, even though it sounds like the pedals are too close. 8,300 2013 Escapes are subject to the recall here in the U.S., with an additional 2,200 being recalled over the border with our neighbors to the north, the Canadians.
Escapes that are brought to dealerships will have their carpet padding removed and the left-side console trim panel replaced with a new panel which has a revised surface contour.