Pedal entrapment and unintended acceleration are hot-button topics these days, so automakers are always staying alert for potential problems. For Subaru and its newly introduced 2014 Forester, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall due to improperly manufactured floor mats that could become an obstruction for the gas, brake or clutch pedals. The good news, of course, is that even if drivers experience this problem, the 2014 Forester comes standard with brake override.

At issue with the floor mats on 10,137 Forester models built between January and March of this year is that the resin material used on the underside of the mats can curl when exposed to heat. If the leading edge of the driver's mat curls enough, it can come in contact with the pedals making acceleration, braking and shifting more difficult – possibly resulting in a crash. To fix the problem, Subaru is replacing the entire set of floor mats in all of the affected units. The official NHTSA recall notice is posted below.
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RECALL Subject : Carpeted Floor Mats may Curl/Interfere with Pedals
Report Receipt Date: APR 24, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V159000
Component(s): EQUIPMENT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,137
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2014 Forester vehicles manufactured from January 2013 through March 2013. The backing for the carpeted floor mats was not manufactured to specification. As a result, the floor mats may curl when exposed to heat.

CONSEQUENCE:
Curling of the driver side floor mat could distract the driver and/or interfere with proper operation of one or a combination of, the vehicle's clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals. Brake or accelerator pedal interference may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash.

REMEDY:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace each of the vehicle's four (4) carpeted floor mats with new ones. These services will be performed free of charge. Subaru will issue an interim notification by the end of April 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQH-44.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol "PEDAL ENTRAPMENT FEARS" when you say it like that it sounds way scary and bad. When you call it what it is, floor mats, its nothing :)
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        You really, really need to understand what this means - say a 16 year old new driver has this happen - hardly any driving experience and suddenly the vehicle starts to accelerate by itself! The chance of panicking and ending up in a serious accident are very high!! YOUR "it's nothing" comment is just ludicrous and is symptomatic of poor understanding of reality!!
          Chris Bangle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Subaru's have brake override. All said driver would have to do is step on the brake and it will kill the throttle input.
      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should recall all their cars for looking so hideous!
      Doug Utz
      • 1 Year Ago
      We were notified a couple of weeks ago to pull all carpeted mats from all \'14 Foresters. The cars can still be sold. The headline gives the impression the car itself is being recalled, when it\'s simply the floor mats. Most dealers (including ours) are providing All Weather Floor Mats as replacements, and Subaru has promised we\'ll see the \"new\" carpeted mats starting in early May.
      Robert A.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2013 Forester & 2013 Imprezza and use both mats at the same time. The winter mats are fine over the regular/summer mats without any worry about jamming either the brake or gas pedals.
      loopless
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its actually not "nothing" , I had the bad luck to have this happen in my 2006 F150 with non-factory rubber mat. It snagged the accelerator pedal and stopped it from releasing (i.e. it was stuck down). This was in the middle of an overtaking maneuver on a two-lane road in Baja. Say what you like but I defy anyone not to have a 'WTF' second while you figure out what is going on. I could easily have speared off the road as the next corner was coming up fast.