Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape SUVs manufactured from March 8, 2012 through June 7, 2012. Due to improperly positioned carpet padding, the center console trim panel may be pushed outboard of its intended position. If this occurs, clearance relative to the pedal package may be reduced.

The reduced clearance may result in the driver's foot contacting the side of the brake pedal while transferring the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash.

Ford will be notifying all owners of the Escape models affected by this recall to arrange for the free installation of a new console trim panel.

For additional information, consumers can contact Ford at toll-free at 866-436-7332.