2013 Ford Escape & 2011-2013 Volvo S80 recall

Ever since the Great Toyota Recall, most people started to take recalls a bit more seriously. Was their cruise control stalk going to burst into flames? Would their floor mat entrap their gas pedal, sending them hurtling into the back of a school bus filled with blind children? Cars seem fraught with problems, and recalls are a way of letting you know just how many problem your Family Truckster XL has.

If you just bought a 2013 Ford Escape, you might want to postpone that trip to Wally World. It seems that a trim piece around the brake pedal could become dislodged, interfering with brake pedal operation. An eagle-eyed line worker at Ford noticed how a piece of carpet padding on the left side of the center console could come loose, causing a trim piece around the brake pedal to impede brake pedal clearance.

The recall covers 10,000 copies of the 2013 Ford Escape, 8,266 of them were sold here in the U.S. Ford will notify owners later this month, and dealers will fix the problem free of charge.

2013 Ford Escape

On the other end of the price spectrum, the Volvo Big aka 2011-2013 Volvo S80 has been recalled due to an error in the computer’s transmission code. It seems that the faulty 1’s & 0’s can cause the transmission not to downshift from 5th to 4th. Meaning, the engine could stall, causing you to run your top-shelf Volvo into the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. But you needn’t worry. It’s a Volvo, so you won’t feel a thing.

The recall covers 1,469 copies of the Volvo S80, made between 2011-2013. Volvo will notify owners later this month, and Volvo dealers will reprogram the transmission module free of charge.

2013 Volvo S80