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    Louisville Assembly Plant workers build the redesigned 2013 Escape, Wednesday, June 13, 2011 in Louisville, Ky., as Ford celebrates the launch of the vehicle this month. Ford Motor Co. invested $600 million to revamp the nearly 60-year-old Louisville Assembly Plant, which features new body, paint and trim assembly lines. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
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DETROIT >> Ford Motor Co. is recalling 8,266 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs in the U.S. to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking.

Ford says that wrongly positioned carpet padding could reduce space around the pedals and cause drivers to hit the side of the brake pedal when switching from the accelerator.

The auto maker told the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace a console trim panel at no charge.

The recall is expected to begin July 23. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332.

Ford sold 28,500 Escapes last month, up 28 percent from June 2011.

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