Floor Mat Attachment Failure - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Mazda CX-5: Floor Mat Attachment Failure

August 30, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Modern driver-side floor mats are held in place by a pair of clips, snaps, hooks or Velcro pads. Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 has a couple of big plastic pegs that protrude up from the floor carpet where they stand ready to snap into big plastic grommets that sandwich the floor mat.

I know. This is gripping stuff.

Or it was, at least, until one of the grommets pulled out of the floor mat. Now it's loose and free to pivot forward toward the gas pedal. At least there's little chance of any sort of stuck-throttle consequences because the Mazda's go-fast pedal hinges at the bottom. The mat can't easily muck up the works, but it sure can make a nuisance of itself.

I managed to jam the mat's carpet back into its fitting, but it pulled out again almost at once. And the unpinned mat is beginning to taco, too. We need a new factory replacement.

I'm not convinced the long-term outcome will be much better. Mats are subjected to high scoot-forward forces as feet push on them when we get in and push off from them as we clamber out. The rest of the time heels dig in as we sit there working the pedals.

And the snap/unsnap force is high. It's hard to separate them for vacuuming (which is overdue.) The CX-5's grommet sandwich design doesn't appear to have the right stuff.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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