Floormats are stupid. They’re stupid because they have repeatedly caused life-threatening situations that force carmakers to do recalls for a component that’s as complex as a carpet sample, and because the very existence of floormats is a tacit admission that the materials used in car interiors are all wrong. Floormats only exist because car flooring materials are broken. It’s time we all admitted this. Think about it: why do you have floormats in your car? For most people, it’s because under those floormats is an expanse of carpet, and that carpet is hard to clean and always in danger of becoming stained or disgusting or both. So, the floormat takes the abuse the carpet can’t. Often, the floormat is just made of the same shitty carpet as what’s on the car, but has the advantage of being removable and replaceable. We’re covering one chunk of stuff with a piece of the exact same stuff but we’re okay with the upper chunk of stuff getting disgusting because we can get rid of it. That’s not really a solution. Yes, floormats do their job well enough, but the fact they even have that job to do is the real problem. Floormats are the plastic cover over the sofa of our cars. They’re the Bumper Bully of our cars. They exist to compensate for another part’s flaws, and then they in turn create their own issues. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need floormats, because whatever flooring we had in our cars would… [Read full story]
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