How's your floormat?

On my 2001 Elantra they came uncoupled and rode up near the accelerator pedal, a good clean out and rehooking secured them. Toyota are having a recall over a similar type problem.
http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/29/news/companies/toyota_lexus_floor_mats/?postversion 09093007
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http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/29/news/companies/toyota_lexus_floor_mats/?postversion 09093007
What amazes me is the stupidity of some of the drivers. They don't know enough to turn off the engine or shift into neutral.
Many years ago I was taught to visualize what could go wrong and how to prevent further damage or crash. Same as pilots do in training. I guess you can't teach common sense.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I agree (I am also a pilot), however, how hard is it to design a floor mat for crying out loud. I hope this costs Toyota a fortune.
Matt
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wrote:

Design is harder than you think. Every car I have had has a problem with the floor mat riding up so I got used to hooking it down with my heel years ago. The problem in low profile cars is there is a lot of forward force from your heel to the mat.
And no, I don't use cheap light mats. ;-)
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. I have a 2003 Elantra and the OEM mats literally hook to the floor. They have never moved. I added aftermarket mats to protect the originals and the driver side mat did move a little. I eventually replaced it with a heavy rubber mat that does not move or buckle. My point is Hyundai already has a successful design regarding this issue and it isn't very complicated.
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wrote:

My 2001 Accord has a similar approach. There's a hook built into the floor carpeting at the rear of the mat. The mat has a large, reinforced grommet that goes over the mat. Never moves forward. And I agree that it's a simple solution. And Toyota couldn't come up with such a system? Hmmmm.....
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. The training that pilots undergo results in them being exponentially more aware of and responsible for their machines. You know that old joke about someone asking the driver if he checked the oil and the driver said "oil, there's oil?" Sad but true...<g>
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I've always said that the only reason most people know they have to put gas in a car is because it stops if they don't. A lot of people are so dumb I don't know how they survive. I think most of them are going to kill themselves off texting while driving. trouble is they will take some innocent people with them when they do.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Most amazing that one would wait 8 years to give the floorboards and mats a cleaning.
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. Spoken like a real homemaker <g>. There's no clear implication though that it was the FIRST time he cleaned the area.
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On Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:22:00 -0700, Victek wrote:

A little humour is appreciated.

The incident happened after a recall to install new connectors to the Airbag wiring, the connectors are located under the front seats, worked done by the local Hyaundai dealer.
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