The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said today that it has opened a formal investigation on the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans for a possible pedal entrapment due to floor mats.
The NHTSA warned owners that gas pedals could become stuck if all-weather floor mats are stacked on top of the cars’ standard mats.
“Any Ford ‘All Weather’ optional floor mat should be placed in the driver’s side foot well only after first unfastening and removing the standard, carpeted floor mat,” the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said in a statement. “This is the only way to ensure that the ‘All Weather’ optional floor mat is physically secured to the floor.”
NHTSA said it has received three complaints of gas pedals getting stuck in the two FoMoCo sedans.
“We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle from any automaker,” said Ford Motor Co. spokesman Said Deep. “We will cooperate fully with NHTSA, as we always do.”
– By: Omar Rana