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Ford Gas Pedals, Mats Under Scrutiny

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launches a probe into complaints of trapped gas pedals in two 2010 Ford models.
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NEW YORK (

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) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation into several consumer complaints of trapped gas pedals in 2010

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Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles.

According to three complaints received and verified by the federal agency, Ford's optional rubber "All Weather" floor mats can slide forward and trap accelerator pedals when placed on top of standard carpeted floor mats.

The NHTSA said it hasn't received any complaints involving crashes, injuries or fatalities.

A Ford spokesperson made the media rounds Tuesday, saying that the All-Weather mats come with warnings against stacking them atop the standard mats.

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The issue, similar to the stuck-accelerator problems that have afflicted

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this year, could possibly affect 250,000 Fusions and Milans, the

AP

reported, citing safety regulators.

In afternoon trading Tuesday, Ford shares were changing hands at $11.57, down 1.4%.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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