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Feds open floormat-entrapment probe on 2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan

UPDATED to correct spelling of Mercury Milan:

The federal government has opened an investigation into possible floormat gas-pedal entrapment in the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan.

According to the filing at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- which already is using under-employed NASA scientists to find out why Toyota gas pedals have been sticking -- the agency "has received three complaints of accelerator pedals being trapped by unsecured 'all weather' floor mats in current production Model Year 2010 Ford Fusion vehicles."

You read that right: three complaints. That's an indication of how sensitive NHTSA is in the wake of the Toyota case to not listening to driver complaints and being in bed with the auto companies it regulates. It may not take a lot to get a government investigation of an automaker launched these days.

The investigation was opened Friday and after car research site experienced floormat entrapment on one of its Fusions. (Note: A car research firm is not the first group you want noticing a problem that could lead to a recall.)

There are about 249,000 2010 Fusions and Milano in operation in the U.S., the report says.

Ford says the mats in question are accessory mats and they come with instructions meant to prevent such an occurrence. The automaker said it will cooperate with the NHTSA probe. It looks like it may be an issue of drivers placing the accessory mat over the standard mat instead of removing the standard one first.

Note: I mistakenly added an "o" to the name of the Mercury Milan in the original posting, and an alert reader pointed out my error, which is now fixed. Thanks.

By Frank Ahrens  |  June 1, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
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Is the government investigating any complaints against Government Motors? So far they've targeted their own two biggest competitors. Mere coincidence, of course.

Posted by: archinmo1 | June 1, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Here they come, walking down the attempt to destroy any non govt owned car company they can meet. The Obama Police are back.........Toyota was not enough...FORD refused to take the loans and lose control. So they are now a target. Before Obama and Company are finished, FORD will lose millions in fines and millions more in PR. All this to force you to buy the govt owned Chevy and Chrysler Cars. (One voting card per purchaser)

Posted by: compduck | June 1, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

We need an additional recall on the tin foil these clowns above me are wearing as hats. The rays are clearly getting through and distorting their brain functions.

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 1, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Frank: "Using under-employed NASA scientists to find out why Toyota gas pedals are sticking" is an insult to your readers' intelligence. The inquiry is, instead, directed at finding out why Toyota vehicles suddenly accelerate, and includes a close look at the electronic throttle control system (ETCS-i)and its possible susceptibility to electromagnetic interference. Toyota admitted to Congress that only 16% of the sudden acceleration events can be explained by "sticky pedals" or "floormats." The other 84% are most likely electronic or software failures in the ETCS-i. Ford vehicles may well have similar failures in their electronic throttle control systems. The knee-jerk characterization of pedals "sticking" is grossly inapt.

Posted by: f-102jock | June 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

If only half of this effort was focused on the illegal alien criminals that sneak into the country during the darkness of night.

Posted by: richard36 | June 1, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

lol it is a car not a cookie - Mercury Milan...

Posted by: kawilson69 | June 1, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hold on to that steering wheel before take off. Ford accepts responsibility for nothing. My cruise control recall was fixed and still my truck burned to the ground. And NHSTA will only file your complaint for another day.

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