Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is warning owners of 2010 Ford Fusion vehicles not to place any unsecured floor mats, whether made by Ford or any aftermarket retailer, on top of the standard carpet floor mat in the driver’s side foot well. In addition, owners should ensure that any mat is properly secured and never stacked.

The notice also affects the 2010 Mercury Milan, a sister vehicle to the Fusion that is not sold in Canada.

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 carpet floor mat. This is the only way to ensure that the All Weather mat is physically secured to the floor. The Ford original equipment mats have special attachment opening points to secure them to the floor.

NHTSA is opening a formal investigation to examine allegations of the pedals becoming trapped in the depressed position after the driver releases the pedal. The agency has verified three consumer complaints stating that the optional rubber All Weather mat, when laid on top of the secured standard carpet mat, can slip forward and trap the accelerator pedal. This is most likely to occur after the driver presses the accelerator pedal substantially, such as when merging or passing in traffic.

NHTSA has received no complaints involving crashes, injuries or fatalities.

Regardless of the cause, NHTSA recommends the following steps if a driver experiences unintended acceleration:

– Brake firmly and steadily, and do not pump the brake pedal.

– Shift the transmission into Neutral (familiarize yourself with the Neutral position).

– Steer to a safe location and shut the engine off.

– Do not drive the vehicle, but call a dealer or repair shop to pick up the vehicle.

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