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06/02/10
automotive
NHTSA probes floor mats in '10 Ford Fusion, Milan  Federal regulators opened an investigation into nearly 250,000 Ford Motor Co. vehicles and warned drivers not to use unsecured all-weather floor mats.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today that it had opened a preliminary investigation into 249,301 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles, saying "an accessory floor mat may entrap the accelerator pedal."

The agency warned owners of 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles not to place unsecured floor mats -- made by Ford or anyone else -- on top of the standard, carpeted floor mat in the driver's side foot well.

Ford spokesman Said Deep said the company is unaware of any injuries or accidents from the two vehicles involving floor mats.

"We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle from any automaker," Deep said.

He noted the all-weather floor mats have an advisory stating that drivers should not stack them on other floor mats.

"All owners of these vehicles should ensure that any mat used is properly secured and never stacked," NHTSA said in a statement. "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."

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