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
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
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."