Ford Warns Against Floor Mat Stacking
WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation in response to three consumer complaints alleging that gas pedals became entrapped by floor mats in 2010 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans, the Associated Press reported.
The incidents involved unsecured rubber all-weather floor mats. There were no reports of crashes or injuries.
Ford spokesman Said Deep told AP that the problem arose because drivers had stacked the rubber all-weather mats on top of the carpeted floor mats that came with the vehicles. Ford's all-weather mats have warnings advising vehicle owners never to pile floor mats and to be sure to secure floor mats properly to the floor.
Otherwise, if the rubber mat slides forward, it can trap the gas pedal in a down position.