Floor mat Safety – Check your car’s floor mats!

Today’s vehicles have numerous safety devices: anti-lock brake systems (ABS), seat belts, air bags, electronic stability control, traction control, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning devices. But one of the least technological devices that you should also pay attention to is your driver’s side floor mat. Did you know that a driver’s side floor mat that doesn’t fit correctly can cause a deadly situation? Read this article on how an off-duty highway patrol officer and three members of his family were killed. Floor mats, not some advanced technological device, caused Toyota Motor Company’s largest recall to date – 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) summary.

What should you do? If you have a Toyota or Lexus within the recall range follow the recommendations from the NHTSA and Toyota. For everyone else, check your driver’s floor mat too. Make sure it properly fits the vehicle and is secured using specially designed floor anchors.

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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