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2004 F150 truck accelerated on its own into traffic

Ford F150 4 wheel drive truck accelerator pushed down on its own and accelerated into a wall and there was nothing to stop it. Has anyone had this problem? The year is 2004.

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    This phenom has been extensively investigated by all manufacturers and NHTSA. The conclusion is always pedal misapplication. This can be due to many reasons.

    • Vehicle has adjustable pedals and pedals are adjusted rearward all the way. Tall people or people with work boots, etc. then apply both pedals at once. Often they don't know they have adjustable pedals.

    • New owner unfamiliar with pedal placement. Some pedals are slightly to the left or right from where the previosu vehicle's pedals ere. This causes pedal misapplication and was quite often a factor in the incident.

    • Floor mat crept forward due to no retention, causing it to bunch up under gas pedal. When driver stepped on gas fa enough, the pedal would stick under the floor mat.

    Remember, the brakes have the ability to overcome hundreds of engine horsepower and keep the vehicle from moving anywhere. This was tested on even the highest horsepower car, and it did not move.

    I know this is not what you want to hear, but the facts are there. NHTSA has thousands of pages of investigation studies conducted by them and the auto companies.



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