That's more than crappy design. That's dangerous design
We need a sub called deadly designs.. yikes
I have a feeling these mats were intended for a larger vehicle..
I used to work at a car dealership service center and we had a policy about leaving 3rd party floor mats in the back seat for the driver to put it in so we wouldn’t be liable when this shit happens. Of course we’d get an earful at least once a day from a customer who thought we were just too lazy to put them back.
That's a car mat, not a carpet. Is that the right size for that car?
This happened to me once so I popped it in neutral revving like an asshole.
So that happened to me once while I was driving my dad's car. I tried everything i could think of to slow myself down, I basically stood on the brake, pulled the parking brake and turned the car out in a field to keep from smashing into the van in front of me. Finally with all my panicked movements it slid the floor mat around enough to dislodge. Pure terror.
Edit: to all the people telling me to put the vehicle in neutral.
But holy fuck balls I couldnt be rational because I was scared out of my God damn gourd.
Edit 2: y'all are just fantastic little buggers. Thank you for letting me know my reaction was overkill. Parking brakes exist on more than just the floor. Vehicles dont stop on dimes.
Have I covered my bases or are you going to tell me my shirt was the wrong color that day or that my underwear was on backwards and that's why it happened?
Even OEM floor matts can have this problem
This is why you dont leave the OEM floormats below the aftermarket ones. That one should have slid into the hook and been a bit lower but its sitting on top of something else.
Or just make sure it fits
Modern cars will cut throttle if you brake while the accelerator is pressed. Mats holding the accelerator become less of an issue if you simply brake
See that hole in the floor mat by the buttons? That's for a hook. A lot of cars have a hook on the floor that holds the drivers floor mat in place. Since the mat in the video appears to be perfect cut to the shape of the floor I'm going to assume there's a hook under the floor mat there and they just didn't bother with it.
Serious note: if you ever experience uncontrolled acceleration in your car, don't panic and shift it into neutral. The engine might get damaged, but you won't die.
That's just absolutely silly! It's something we don't often think about but my grandma crashed her car in a similar fashion once. The car was a write-off but luckily she was ok.
I'll never put any of those in my car, unless they come with the car from factory.
Do not put cheap mats in your car.
DO NOT STACK MULTIPLE MATS IN YOUR CAR. I feel mats interfering with pedals all the time because people do one (and often times both) of these. (I work on cars for a living). Insanely unsafe.
That's what I call cruise control
Your brakes should still be enough to stop you even when this happens. Just FYI.
Never put floor mats on top of floor mats.
But he saved $35
Not bad design, just bad car owner. The floor mat was clearly too big for the car and not designed to fit in it. Its not that hard to figure out when you literally have to scrape the mat against the petal to made it fit.
This happened to me when I had my first car. I bought a cheap Mercedes A170 with aftermarket floor mats. I was following my dad and driving behind him, we were just exiting a tunnel going from 80 mh to 120 kmh, so with my puny engine, I floored it to catch up to his better car. Well, my gas pedal got caught underneath the floor mat. I took my foot off the gas and immediately realized that I was about to crash into my dad's car, with my own car. The first thought that went through my head was "how the fuck am I going to explain this to the insurance company".
I took my left foot off the clutch and onto the brake, braking gently enough to slow down only a little, and used my right foot to rapidly kick the gas. At this point, I of course had zero knowledge of the actual cause of this fault, I just knew my gas pedal was stuck, so kicking it felt like the best thing to do. After about 500 meters of panicked kicking, I had gotten it dislodged, and as I was finally calming down, I thought "why exactly didn't I take it out of gear?"
Anyway I followed my dad carefully to wherever we were going, and making sure to only use my gas pedal sparingly, and once we stopped, I briefly investigated the issue, replicated it without the the engine running, and immediately ripped out the shitty carpets, tossing them on the floor in disgust. I explained it to my dad, and I had new, genuine floormats within a week.
That was hella frightening.
And today was the day I removed the carpet from the drivers side of my car
If you can't stop accelerating, put your car in neutral and safely brake!!
its just too bad that the owner didn't read the installation instructions.... you must remove the old mats. you can see that he doubled up on them and that is what is causing the issue. So the after market mat is sitting up WAY higher then it is designed to.
I'd have trimmed that shit before turning the ignition.
I took mine out for this reason. This happened a few times every drive. Rather just drive with no mat
That mat is clearly for a different vehicle. it is way longer than the floor board even is.
Can't stop, won't stop
Why has no one mentioned all the blood coming off the windshield... Lawsuit probably won't help them
Had this issue in my first beater car with cheapo floor mats. They would get bunched under the brake pedal. Mildly terrifying. I eventually just said fuck it and got rid of the mats. Better to wear down the floor than deal with that.
When I got in a better financial position I was able to buy a nicer users car but sprung for the waterproof rubber branded mats with the special hooks to keep them in place. No regrets at all.
My dad had a stroke and requires a left foot gas pedal installation.
The professionally licensed company installed the pedal 1.5 inches from the brake pedal and at the same level as the brake. Less than 24 hours after the install he ran into a building as he was hitting both pedals at the same time.
Seems like the driver should notice something basic like that when putting it in.
It’s called cruise control.
Hey guys, remember years ago when Toyota paid a billion dollars to settle all the lawsuits about their cars "mysteriously accelerating"?
This video accounts for half the incidents. The other half was new drivers, in an unfamiliar car, a difficult environment like a garage or a parking lot, and/or geriatrics, panicking and stomping on the "brakes" not realizing their foot was on the accelerator.
It has nothing to do with how "cheap" they are. It has to do with how much of an idiot the owner is. Trimming that rubber mat (it's not a "carpet") would take most people a couple of minutes to do. Or just remove it. That would take no time at all. It's not the mat's fault, it's the owner's fault.