NHTSA Launches Investigation for Floor Mat Issue on Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan

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The 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a floor mat issue.

Stacking Ford's rubber "All Weather" floor mat on top of the standard mats could result in problems with the accelerator or brake pedals.

The problem appears to arise when stacking Ford's rubber "All Weather" floor mat on top of the standard mats -- an action that could result in problems with the accelerator or brake pedals. By stacking the mats, rather than removing the standard mats first, the All Weather mats are not secured to the floor.

A total of three (yes, three) consumer complaints have been lodged thus far about the optional floor mats, claiming they can slip forward and "trap the accelerator pedal," the NHTSA writes in a release. "This is most likely to occur after the driver presses the accelerator pedal substantially such as when merging or passing in traffic."

In an interview with Automotive News, Ford spokesperson Said Deep said "We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle by any automaker. We're not aware of any customer complaints or accidents with properly installed floor mats. We're going to cooperate fully with NHTSA."

The bottom line is that no floor mats should ever be placed atop an existing floor mats in any vehicle. No crashes or injuries connected to the floor mats have been reported thus far.

We recently reported that Ford may be preparing to phase out Mercury. The Milan is the brand's best-selling vehicle.

Is the NHTSA taking recalls a step to far with the Ford/Mercury investigation? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: NHTSA

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