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Subaru Recalls 2014 Forester Over Fears of Faulty Floor Mats Leading to Crashes

Steve Wagner

Accidents are a daily occurrence. Common logic often tempts people to put the blame on the aggressor of an accident, like someone who was driving too fast or someone who did not stop at a red light, a drunk driver or a motorist who was on the phone and distracted. However, sometimes accidents have nothing to do with human fault, and everything to do with vehicle error, or other external factors.

Important components on vehicles can malfunction, and very often, can lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents. If the victim of an accident can prove that the vehicle malfunctioning is what caused him to lose control, he becomes entitled to receive compensation from the manufacturer of the vehicle under product liability law.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the recall of Subaru’s newly launched 2014 Forester for reasons similar to what we mentioned above. The company found that the vehicle had been fitted with improperly manufactured floor mats, which was obstructing the drivers from reaching the gas, brake and clutch pedals. The resin material on the underside of the mats curled when it was exposed to heat. Beyond a point, the curl of the mat came in contact with the pedals, and made acceleration, braking and shifting much more difficult. The problem was with 10,137 units of the 2014 Forester, manufactured between January and March 2013, and Subaru is replacing the entire set of floor mats in all of the affected units, free of cost.

However, the decision to recall, or rectify the situation does not necessarily absolve the manufacturer from blame if accidents occur in the meantime. Safe driving mandates that the driver apply the pedals on time. Pedal entrapment and unintended acceleration can lead to major crashes. Delays in applying the pedal, even by a split second, can make the difference between a major accident and a near miss. If you or your loved ones have been involved in an accident in a 2014 Forester or any other vehicle, and you feel that issues with the vehicle were the cause, get in touch with our Indiana car accident attorneys immediately.

Contact us at (888) 204-8440. Our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys will perform a free assessment of your case, and we do not charge any fees until your case has been settled and you have received compensation.


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