Recently, we told you Consumer Affairs wrote the
Prius had unintended acceleration
problems caused by something mysterious. Consumer Affairs later wrote that the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
had quietly started an investigation
. Today, it looks like we know what caused the unintended acceleration: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is
all-weather floor mats for the
because it may get caught in the acceleration pedal and cause "unintended acceleration."
drivers that have the all-weather mats are urged to check to make sure it's properly installed. I wonder why no recall for them? Anyway, the
did not find a design flaw in the mats but did find it could slip forward under the acceleration pedal if the all-weather mat is stacked on top of other mats. Got that Prius
and Avalon hybrid
drivers? Don't stack your mats! This may sound a little funny but
NHTSA knows of
7 crashes, 12 injuries, and people zipping above 90 MPH because of a floor mat.
Don't worry about checking the mats in your Avalon hybrid; Avalon hybrids don't exist :D