Subaru Forester Recall 13V159000
Driver's Floor Mat Could Interfere With Foot Pedal Operation
Body, Interior & Misc., April 24, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The drivers floor mat could deform and interfere with driver operation of any or all of the foot pedals.
What Should You Do?
Subaru will notify owners of affected vehicles during April 2013. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Subaru recall number is WQH-44.
The carpeted floor mats may curl when exposed to heat due to a manufacturing fault with the floor mat backing material. Curling of the driver's floor mat could interfere with foot pedal operation increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the set of 4 carpeted floor mats to correct this concern.
Original Recall from the NHTSA
Model Year(s): 2014
Manufacturer's Report Date: April 24, 2013
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V159000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,137
Summary: Subaru is recalling certain model year 2014 Forester vehicles manufactured from January 2013 through March 2013. The backing for the carpeted floor mats was not manufactured to specification. As a result, the floor mats may curl when exposed to heat.
Consequence: 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.
Remedy: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace each of the vehicle's four (4) carpeted floor mats with new ones. These services will be performed free of charge. Subaru will issue an interim notification by the end of April 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQH-44.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration