Ford has sent out an auto recall for over 10,000 Escapes sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in response to a braking problem in the 2013 model. Employees found that the carpet interferes with braking according to a report sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The problematic carpet makes it possible for a driver to catch their foot on the back of the brake pedal when lifting off the accelerator. That could cause a delay in braking and potentially an accident.
Ford said they made the recall before any customers complained or were injured, but that doesn't mean they have no legal liability.
A car that has a dangerous defect could hurt someone and that can result in product liability.
Manufacturers are expected to make a product that works as expected. For cars that also means meeting required safety regulations.
If the product isn't up to standard then the manufacturer could be liable if anyone is injured.
A recall is an admission that the product is defective in some way and an offer to fix the problem for consumers. Ford has chosen to make repairs free of cost but a recall could also offer a trade-in or a refund for defective products.
Since Ford is offering to repair the problem for free, owners may be able to seek reimbursement if they paid to repair the carpeting before the recall went public.
After a recall goes out, injuries that occur from failure to make the suggested repairs can get tricky. Contacting a motor vehicle defects lawyer can help you figure out if you have a case.
If you own a 2013 Ford Escape, check their recall notice site to see if your car is affected.
This problem includes thousands of Ford Escapes but overall the auto recall has only affected a small percentage of the 2013 vehicle line. Ford sold 28,500 Escapes in June according to Huffington Post.