Subaru announced it will recall 10,137 of its 2014 Forester vehicles to correct a problem with the vehicles’ floor mats. According to the company, the floor mat my curl when exposed to heat, causing the mat to interfere with the driver’s operation of the accelerator, clutch and brake.
Subaru did not specify what type of heat may cause the mat to curl, which indicates it could be related to either heat from the engine or drive train transmitted through the floorboard, or environmental conditions.
According to reports filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Subaru identified 21 Forester models at a Washington state port with curled floor mats. Subaru later determined the adhesive backing on the mats is defective, and instructed dealers to remove the mats from vehicles. Vehicle owners should remove the floor mats until they can be replaced.
The affected Foresters were manufactured from January 2013 through March 2013.
Subaru dealers will notify owners of affected vehicles about the recall by the end of April, and all four floormats will be replaced. Owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.