Sticking Accelerator Pedal While Driving

Severe Vehicle Malfunctions

Sticking Accelerator Pedal While Driving

What to Do

Drivers must realize each circumstance may vary, and drivers must use common sense and their best judgment when dealing with these situations.
  1. When attempting to stop immediately the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brake pedal for this will have little or no effect on stopping the car and may deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist.
  2. Automatic transmission should be shifted into the (N) neutral position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
  3. Standard transmission, depress the clutch pedal and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
  4. If you are unable to put the vehicle into Neutral, turn the engine OFF.  Turn the key to the accessory position, do not attempt to remove the key, or turn to the lock position as this will lock your steering wheel.  This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.  Braking and Steering will be stiff and you will have to use extra force when applying the brakes and turning the steering wheel.  Coast to the side of the road, engage four way flashers as soon as possible, contact road side emergency for assistance.





 

Scenarios

Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment/ Falling Object Trapped Under Brake Pedal

Drivers must be aware that putting different types of floor mats may become lodged against the accelerator pedal causing the vehicle to speed up.  Also, objects falling from the seat may become lodged under the brake pedal making it impossible to brake.  
  1. Using your feet attempt to dislodge the floor mat, or object away from the accelerator pedal or brake.  Do not look down or reach down taking your hands off the steering wheel or your eyes off the road.  If you are able to dislodge the mat or object from under the brake or accelerator pedal, pull the vehicle off the roadway as soon as possible and turn the engine off.  Re-position the mat correctly and remove the object to the back seat or the trunk before continuing on your drive.   
  2. If the floor mat or the object can not be dislodged follow the following steps.
  3. FLOOR MAT– firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet, do not pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to bring the vehicle to a stop.
  4. Shift the vehicle into the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop off the roadway, turn the engine off, and remove the floor mat.  
  5. OBJECT TRAPPED UNDER BRAKE PEDAL -   shift vehicle into Neutral (N) apply emergency brake slowly but firmly slowing vehicle down, make a controlled stop off the roadway, turn engine off, and remove object from under brake pedal.