Ford Motor Co.'s popular Escape small SUV has been among the
top-selling vehicles in the U.S. for years, but the older models
and a brand-new version have been recalled three times in the past
two weeks. A look the safety problems that caused the recalls:
- July 14: Ford recalls more than 10,000 all-new 2013 Escapes
because carpet padding can interfere with braking. The padding can
cut into space around the pedals and cause drivers to hit the side
of the brake pedal when switching from the accelerator. Dealers
will remove the padding and replace a console trim panel at no
- July 19: The 2013 Escape is recalled a second time, but this
time the company tells people not to drive them because of a fire
danger. The recall covers 11,500 Escapes in which the fuel lines
can crack and leak. The problem affects only Escapes with 1.6-liter
four-cylinder engines. Owners will get loaner cars and dealers will
replace the parts for free.
- July 26: Ford recalls nearly 485,000 of older Escapes and
Mavericks worldwide because the gas pedals can stick. They're from
the 2001-2004 model years and are completely different from the
2013 models. The old Escapes have 3-liter V-6 engines, and they're
called Mavericks in Europe. The cruise control cable can get caught
in the plastic engine cover. Dealers will install new fasteners on
the engine cover so there's more room for the cable.
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