NHTSA Expands Probe in Floor Mats Issue in Ford Sedans image

The NHTSA broadened its investigation regarding the unintended acceleration issue in about 480,000 Ford sedans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has broadened its investigation related to the unintended acceleration in about 480,000 Ford sedans, when floor mats are stacked or unsecured. The NHTSA almost doubled the number of vehicles involved in the investigation, which could lead to a safety recall.

The probe was announced in 2010, when more than 249,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans began to be examined by the agency. Now another model has been added, the Lincoln MKZ. According to NHTSA the unsecure floor mats might block the accelerator pedal from returning to idle.

Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said that Ford is disappointed in the agency’s decision, as the issue under investigation can be related to unsecured, improperly installed or double stacked floor mats. She also added that the automaker urges its customers to properly install and secure the floor mats and the mats carry a label with information about how to properly install it.

Ford received 52 complaints according to which drivers found difficulty in breaking and reported continued high engine power when trying to slow down.