The recall affects SUVs made between March 8 and June 7, 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Involved in the recall are 8,266 Escapes.
Ford representatives say that mispositioned carpet that is padding the vehicles' center console trim panels may be pushed outward, reducing clearance with the pedals, according to the NHTSA.
That reduced clearance may mean that a driver's foot could brush the side of a brake pedal when going from the accelerator to the brake, thus increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash.
Ford dealers—including Kenny Ross Ford South on Route 88 in Castle Shannon Borough and Sturman & Larkin Ford on Regis Avenue in West Mifflin Borough—will remove the carpet padding and replace the left-side console trim panel at no cost.
Call 888-327-4236 to check if your vehicle has been affected by the recall.
This article originally appeared on the Peters Patch.
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