Safety first! That is what the Ford Motor Co. wants to put into emphases when they have decided to recall more than 10,000 of its 2013 Escape compact SUVs due to a slight safety issue which was raised by one of its employee concerning the carpet padding which could hinder the functions of the brake pedal.
The sports-inspired vehicles which are about to be recalled includes 8,266 in the United States, 2,193 in Canada and a few hundred in Mexico built at the automaker’s assembly plant in Louisville, Ky., from March 8 through June 7 this year.
The Torque Vectoring Control system of this vehicle was design to operate with the use of the vehicle’s stability control module and it monitors the situation 100 times per second and it also detects when the inside front wheel is starting to slip and applies stronger brakes to the wheels. Pretty sleek design isn’t it? But a mispositioned carpet padding was noticed by an employee on the center console trim panel which could increase braking distance so as the risk of a crash. Almost perfect but not quite.
The good news about it is that no customer so far has reported any experience of having trouble with breaks.
Starting July 23, owners will receive notifications regarding the recall. Free of any charge, Ford dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace the left-side console trim panel with a different shape.
Aside from the SUVs, Ford also announced that they are going to recall 783 2012 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks built in Mexico because their faulty windshields which could get separated from the vehicle’s cab. Ford dealers will likewise inspect and replace or reinstall the defective windshields.
Free replacements and re-installations of Ford is said to be due to the good figures we are seeing on the price of gas which may not stay for long because of the supply issues in the Middle East since Iran have threatened to block oil movements as their response to the claim that they are developing nuclear weapons.
As of now, the national average price of unleaded gasoline remains at $3.396 per gallon since Sunday at the pump although the sweet crude for August delivery have added 11 cents to the $87.21 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and the reformulated blend stock gasoline also went up 1.69 cents to $2.833 per gallon.
Gas price may go up or down, I still say that costumers’ safety should still be the primary concern of any company. After all people buy your products because they trust your company to provide them the best deal they could get with the price they paid for so this recall may affect Ford’s pocket, it is still their obligation. Besides they wouldn’t have to go through all this trouble have they doubled checked every details on their products before it had been shipped out from their plants.