The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into approximately 250,000 2010 model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan autos after reports of all-weather floor mats causing the unintended acceleration of some vehicles. The investigation follows the Toyota recall earlier this year of 5.4 million U.S. vehicles due to concern over floor mats that were similarly entrapping gas pedals and causing acceleration.
The Ford probe is looking into the use of unsecured or improperly installed all-weather floor mats sold as an optional accessory for the vehicles. NHTSA has received three consumer complaints that the mat in the 2010 Fusion can slip and entrap the gas pedal. One of the complaints, ironically, was made by Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.com, who had previously written about the danger of stacking all-weather floor mats over carpeted mats. In April, the accelerator pedal in his Ford Fusion became jammed by an improperly installed all-weather floor mat.
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