Truck bed mats are too thick to be used for a new home, and the federal government is asking the manufacturer to reduce their thickness to 90 millimeters.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for more than 100 manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the thickness of the mats to 90mm by March 31, 2020, the agency said in a notice published Wednesday on the DOT website.
The mats should be available for purchase by the end of the year.
DOT has not yet said how many mats will be offered or how much they’ll cost.
The mat manufacturer, Littlerock, has been producing mats for the last 10 years, but has been unable to secure funding for further production.
The DOT said Littlersock is offering mats at a discount of about 30 percent.
“We are concerned about the safety and reliability of the products, which are intended to protect occupants from head-on impacts, but could result in the mat falling over or trapping occupants in the space it’s supposed to protect,” DOT said in its notice.
The department also said Lettlerock is not offering mats to people who are not licensed drivers or people under age 21.
The DHS noted that people with a disability can use Littlierock mats, but only if they can meet certain physical and mental standards.
The agency also said some Littlersock mats have been reported to be more than two times the maximum thickness required by federal law, but it was unclear whether that was the case with any of the manufacturers.
The company’s website also said the mats could trap people in the air if not properly secured.
“The mats need to be removed from the floor and placed on a flat surface to avoid injury to occupants,” the notice said.
The notice also said that “a manufacturer’s certification must be obtained for the mats before they can be used in a new-build home.”
The DOT also said it is also looking for other manufacturers to reduce the mats’ thickness to 70mm, and for a manufacturer to voluntarily cut the mats in half.