2014 Subaru Forester Recalled for Floor Mats That Could Interfere With Pedals


  • 2014 Subaru Forester Picture

    2014 Subaru Forester Picture

    Subaru of America is recalling 10,137 2014 Subaru Foresters because the floor mats may curl and interfere with the pedals. | April 26, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Subaru of America is recalling 10,137 2014 Subaru Foresters because the floor mats may curl and interfere with the pedals.
  • "Brake or accelerator pedal interference may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.
  • Subaru will replace the floor mats.

WASHINGTON — Subaru of America is recalling 10,137 2014 Subaru Foresters because the floor mats may curl and interfere with the pedals, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The backing for the carpeted floor mats was not manufactured to specification," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the floor mats may curl when exposed to heat.

"Curling of the driver side floor mat could distract the driver and/or interfere with proper operation of one or a combination of, the vehicle's clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals. Brake or accelerator pedal interference may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash."

The automaker told federal safety regulators it became aware of the problem when defective floor mats were noticed at vehicle ports of entry here. On April 12, all 2014 Forester carpeted floor mat inventory was placed on hold and installation of the mats was stopped. Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries said it has not finished its investigation into the problem, but "could not wait for further information" and "concluded that it must conduct a safety recall in the U.S. market."

The affected Foresters were manufactured from January 2013 through March 2013.

Subaru dealers will replace the four carpeted floor mats with new ones. Subaru said it will issue an interim notification to customers by the end of April, but did not spell out a date for the recall. Owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

Edmunds says: Subaru is waiting for new floor mats in this recall, so expect a bit of a wait. In the meantime, it would be wise to remove the floor mats until you get new ones.

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