Ford is recalling 8,266 Escape compact SUVs from the 2013 model year for a problem with the proximity of the carpet padding to the brake and gas pedals. In a separate recall, Nissan is recalling 11,076 Juke vehicles from the 2012 model year because the back of the rear seats could come apart in a crash.
In the 2013 Ford Escape recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the carpet padding to the right of the gas pedal is “mis-positioned.” As a result, drivers may not have enough foot space around the accelerator and brake pedals. NHTSA says that the driver could inadvertently touch the side of the brake pedal when moving his or her foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal, “increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash.”
In a complaint to NHTSA, one 2013 Escape owner says, “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 it off the gas. Serious problem that should be corrected.” A second owner complaint to NHTSA reads, “The accelerator and brake pedal are very, very close – dangerously close.”
Affected Escapes were built from March 8 to June 7, 2012. You can check to see when your Escape was built by looking at the manufacturer sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. Ford dealers will take out the carpet padding in the area near the pedals and replace the trim panel on the left side of the console for free. Owners will be contacted later this month, and can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with any questions.
In the 2012 Nissan Juke recall, NHTSA reports that the striker that holds the folding rear seatbacks in place may not have been welded properly, which could cause the part to break off in an accident. This could cause the backs of the rear seats to become detached and lead to injury.
Affected Juke vehicles were built from Feb. 3 to May 26, 2012, and you can check the driver’s side door jamb to see when your Juke was manufactured. Nissan dealers will replace the part for free, and owners can expect to be contacted at the end of the month. Juke owners can also call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 if they have any questions.
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