• Jun 1, 2010
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After the big mess that was the Toyota recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking quick action when any reports of accelerator pedal entrapment are reported. Case in point: The 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan are being investigated after NHTSA received only three instances of floor mats hindering the gas pedal's movement. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

A grand total of 249,301 cars are being investigated over this potential problem with Ford's all-weather floor mats, and we'll have more details as they arise. Here's hoping we don't have to relive the Toyota debacle all over again.

*UPDATE:
We spoke with Said Deep, Ford's global product communications manager, who points out that NHTSA's investigation relates to instances where the optional all-weather floor mats have been stacked on top of the factory-installed carpeted mats. Deep further outlines this, saying:
Ford does not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle from any automaker. In fact, Ford's all-weather floor mats have these instructions printed on the top of every driver's mat. We are not aware of any customer complaints or any accidents related to 2010 Fusions and Milans with properly installed floor mats.
Ford will be fully cooperating with NHTSA on the investigation.



[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont think the problem is with the All Weather mats per say, the problem arises when they are place ATOP the carpeted mats that come standard...the combined thickness doesnt enable the hook enough leeway to make it through both. Remove the carpeted mats and VOILA....thats said there isnt any disclaimer aimed squarely at those lacking said logic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is no more a faulty floormat problem than it would be an accelerator problem if the user put a brick on the pedal. It is user error caused by putting one mat on top of another. It's hard to believe that people are that lazy. (Well, maybe it isn't.)
      Ford Owner
      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned a Ford Taurus in early 90's. The gas pedal would accelerate and the only thing I could do was put it in neutral until I could kick it out. It had nothing to do with floor mats. The pedal would just move on its own. I compalined to dealership and Ford and nothing was done. I finally got rid of the car. Funny, but that car also had a problem with the paint job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drive by wire=epic fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As an engineer, I can say that your statement is patently false. Actually understanding the design, and the science behind the design only lead to a single conclusion:

        Drive By Wire=An Order Of Magnitude More Reliable Than a Mechanical Throttle

        All this anti-intellectual BS must stop. There is no basis in FACT to assume that this problem is a fundamental short coming of Drive By Wire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB,

      A spell check from time to time wouldn't hurt. I'm just saying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it Shane from Australia or Shame from Australia?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time to short F
      • 4 Years Ago
      ATTENTION AUTOBLOG : Make sure your organisation has a relentless pursuit of this latest problem from Ford and be sure to supply as much coverage as possible including providing drawings and demonstrations from Ford. Now get to work and bring the readers of this blog sustained coverage. Also, can you find out how long it took Ford to notify NTHSA of the issue ... i hope it wasn't more then 5 day - i ( and no doubt many others) will be very curious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota's floor mat problem was quite different. If you take a look at their accel pedals, they are designed to bottom out on the floor, which makes them prone to snagging on even a thin floor mat. This is why they decided to shorten the pedals.

      When you look at Ford's pedal, it stops well short of the floor. It is only when floor mats are stacked that you can get interference.

      While it's not surprising that a few idiots actually reported this as a problem to NHTSA, it is suprising that one of them was a reporter/tester for Edmunds.com. He certainly turned this into a publicity stunt with the youtube video and all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While Toyota also had a potential problem of sticking accelerators (hence the recall to install shims within the pedal assembly), the first reported issue (and the cause of the ES350 trooper family crash) was rubber floormats over carpeted floormats. This Ford situation is *exactly* the same when it concerns floormats. I fail to see why people are not seeing it as such. So NHTSA wants to recall to make sure people are not stacking floormats? Great!

        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the San Diego incident was the result of the incorrect floor mat (from a different Lexus product) installed in the vehicle. And the apparent difficulty in turning the engine off with push button start. But, had Toyota not designed the accel pedal such that it bottomed out against the floor at wide open, it may not have been pinned down by the unsecured mat. Not leaving clearance for at least one loose mat is a bit foolish given the number of aftermarket mats that do not have floor hook provisions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i own a 2006 Fusion and have my rubber mats over my carpet mats and NEVER had a problem with my pedal get'n trap'd.. dont see the problem..
        • 4 Years Ago
        You just haven't had a problem yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope they included floor mat position sensors in the new black box legislation.
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