NHTSA investigates Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan for floor mats entrapment

Posted on Wednesday, 2 June 2010 , 07:06:17 byAlina

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NHTSA investigates Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan for floor mats entrapment

According to the latest reports, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened a formal investigation on the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans for a possible pedal entrapment due to floor mats. Gas pedals could become stuck if all-weather floor mats are stacked on top of the cars' standard mats.

The investigation involves 249,301 Fusion and Milan models from the 2010 model year over this potential problem with Ford's all-weather floor mats – in essence causing a sticking throttle. The problem occurs when the floor mat is placed on top of the existing carpet floor mat – something all automakers warn against.

"We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle by any automaker," said Ford spokesman Said Deep.

Optional all-weather floor mats should be installed after unfastening and removing the standard, carpeted floor mat on the driver's side of the car. Owners should ensure the mat is never stacked.

"Any Ford 'All Weather' optional floor mat should be placed in the driver’s side foot well only after first unfastening and removing the standard, carpeted floor mat," the NHTSA said.

NHTSA said it has received three complaints of gas pedals getting stuck in the two FoMoCo sedans, while no crashes or injuries have been reported. One complaint came from Edmunds.com boss Dan Edmunds, who experienced the problem on a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Currently, the Ford Fusion is the best-selling car from FoMoCo, accounting for 38 percent of the company’s U.S. sales of cars through April.