Could car mats really kill us

Could Car Mats Really Kill Us?

Car manufacturers blame slipping cat mats, sticky pedals and driver errors for recent cases where cars have suddenly unintentionally accelerated. But a number of experts are of the opinion that increasingly complex inbuilt electronic systems are the real cause.

When you buy a car they often come fitted with tailored car mats. New models are generally fitted with mechanisms which secure the car mats in place. There is an almost negligible likelihood that these tailored car mats would slip and slide under the pedals.

But according to an article published by, experts say that a likely cause of these freak accelerations is the growing complexity of the electronics which run our cars. The market’s demands for ever improving car performance has meant that car manufacturers have felt pressure to develop beyond a rate that is safe. They have also come under fire for not conducting stringent and thorough enough tests on models using new technologies. Toyota, for one, contest the notion that electronics are to blame for the recent accidents which resulted in millions of Toyota recalls worldwide.

Unfortunately, if this is the case, there is little that car owners can do. However, precautions can eb made to eliminate the possibility that car mats are to blame. It is best to ensure that you have properly tailored car mats custom made to fit the exact make and model of your car. Universal car mats are a no-go: if they are not fitted to your car they are more likely to slip about. If your car is not fitted with tailored car mats, choose a reputable manufacturer, ideally one which can ensure that your new car mats are fitted with the correct mechanism for an absolutely secure fit. If you use all weather car mats, make sure you do not stack them on top of your carpet car mats. The added thickness could cause your pedals to become trapped.

Whatever the causes of these recent manufacturing flaws it is best that as a car owner you take all the necessary precautions to improve the safety of your vehicle.

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