Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan probed for mat issue

Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan probed for mat issue
Automotive News -- June 1, 2010 - 12:12 pm ET UPDATED: 6/1/10 1:20 p.m. ET
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co.'s Fusion and Mercury Milan cars
are under investigation by U.S. regulators because floor mats may trap the accelerator pedals, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
About 249,300 cars from the 2010 model year may be affected, NHTSA said today on its Web site. The agency said it received three complaints about accelerator pedals being trapped by unsecured all-weather floor mats. No crashes or injuries have been reported.
Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest automaker, has recalled about 5.4 million vehicles in the past year for floor mats that the company said may entrap gas pedals and cause unintended acceleration.
"It isn't just the company that's facing the investigation or recall," John Wolkonowicz, an auto analyst with IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Mass., said in an interview. "It's a black eye for the entire industry."
The Fusion is Ford's best-selling car, accounting for 38 percent of sales for Ford-brand passenger cars this year through April and the Milan represents more than a third of Mercury vehicle sales, according to Ford's May 3 sales report.
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, NHTSA said in a May 28 statement. Owners should ensure the mat is "never stacked," the agency said.
"We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle by any automaker," Ford spokesman Said Deep said in an interview. "We're not aware of any customer complaints or accidents with properly installed floor mats. We're going to cooperate fully with NHTSA."
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Better a mat than firmware or hardware.
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Only comment is LOL!!
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wrote:

I have a 2007 Fusion. The Ford mat that came with the car detours around the area under accelerator pedal. I can't see how it could ever interfre with the accelerator pedal. However, the article mentions "unsecured all-weather floor mats," so I suppose that is the issue. I guess Ford will soon be recalling Fusions to saw off the accelerator pedals like Toyota did.
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wrote:

Not if the problem is after-market floormats they won't.
Derek
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But isn't the problem with at least some Toyotas unsecured all weather floor mats? I know the offical Toyota mats include pegs for keeping them in place.
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wrote:

Some vehicles were reported to have had that problem, but there were others that had NO mat at all. There were also reports of idiots putting a rubber mat on top of the standard Toyota mat. Doh!
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wrote:

I've used rubber mats on top of standard mats for 45 years. NO PROBLEMS. Maybe YOU like having your upholstered mats saturated with mud--I DO NOT.

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wrote:

So why not take out the carpet mats and just use the rubber mats?
I really like the weathertek style fitted mats. They are very thin, molded to the shape of the comaprtment and don't move around at all. It seems to me they are the best alternative to protect the OE carpet. I keep the carpet mats in the trunk for special occasions.
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C. E. White wrote:

The Milan, Mountaineer, Montago and Mariner are also toast.
Jeff
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