Early this year, Toyota made headlines with its floor mat recalls and sticky accelerator problems. Last week, the National Highway Traffic safety Administration (NHTSA) warned owners of 2010 ford Fusions and Mercury Milan vehicles not to place any unsecured floor mats, regardless of the manufacturer, on top of the regular driver’s-side floor mat that comes with the vehicle. In addition, the NHTSA recommends that all owners of these vehicles should check that any floor mat used is properly secured and never stacked.
If a Ford “All Weather” optional floor mat is used, the floor mat should be placed in the driver’s side foot well only if the original, carpeted floor mat has been removed. The “All Weather” mat should then be physically secured to the floor using the special attachment opening points.
The NHTSA is opening an investigation to formally examine complaints of the accelerator pedal becoming stuck in the down position after the driver releases the pedal to decelerate.
Chrysler also announced a recall of 34,700 its 2007 Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass vehicles for sticky accelerator problems. In these vehicles bushings from the accelerator may fall out. Bushings are a type of bearing used to reduce friction. Without the bushings, the pedal arm that lowers and raises the pedal become misaligned and does not return to the idle position.