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Hi fellow smart peeps. I thought it prudent to bring up a safety issue I found last night. The short of it is I was pulling under my canopy at home and nearly hit the house due to my shoe getting caught under the dash.
If you want to read on here is the long of it. I just got a new pair of winter hiker boots and was wearing them around. Supposed to rain so I put my smartie under the canopy. As I took my foot off the gas to move to the brake and my foot got stuck and stopped. Between that and the "crawl/lurch" it does I came within a foot of the house. Inspecting WHY, I found it was a bracket that the OBD connector is mounted to. It has a HUGE overhang. Now my foot isnt huge, size 10. But having gotten the car in April, I have only worn sneakers or Crocs, where the hikers have a larger "bulk" to them. I moved my foot all around duplicating the problem and there is VERY little room for error between pedals.
So this morning I got out my Dremel w/cutoff disc and removed approx. 3 inches of wasted plastic. The OBD is still secure in its bracket, the cable comes from the center console and the whole connector is angled downwards. I never even came close to it with the tool. Now all is well again!
Here are pics if your interested. The dotted lines show the three cuts I made. It may seem minor, but it may save someones life by just trimming yours.
Best wishes, Bill
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My Mom had a Chevy Citation that had a plastic piece under the dash that slid down and latched the brake pedal down when she applied the brake. She drove home at full throttle just to get up to 15 mph. Had to put new brakes and rotors, and removed the plastic piece. It rested comfortably in the garage.

I don't think I have ever worn my boots (winter snowmobile boots) when driving my smart. I usually have the truck if I am working outside. Good to know it could happen!!
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My problem is just that my boot will hardly fit between the brake pedal and the carpet on the other side of the gas pedal. Not as bad as not being able to get to the brake, but still bad.
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These were just low top hiker shoes, like for the woods and such. I cant even imagine workboots or snowmobile boots!
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Of course it doesn't help that I wear size 12 and 13 shoes...
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Hubby wears his hiking boots (size 10) alot during the winter. I haven't heard him complain about getting his foot stuck. Maybe I'll have him put them on and see if he can get it stuck, while sitting in the driveway.

Thanks for the heads up.
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I've never gotten my foot caught in my smart, I wear steel toed safety boots 5 days a week, size 14W.
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Sorry it seems hard for me to explain properly. Some time just sit and play around with your foot. You will find you can only bring your toe back so far before it hits this bracket. Then slide your toes across the bracket and touch the brake pedal with your toes. You will find it is only perhaps one inch of travel.

I think there was also a bit of panic on me too, I never hit anything in my life! One second of foot catching something combined with one second of panic can mean bad things.
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When my brother was 15 and just learning to drive, he was backing out the brand new car... saw my 1 year old brother running up to him, panicked, reached for the brake but hit the gas. A pole stopped him from running over the baby, but it taught me one thing. Stuff happens - regardless of cause, when you find the car going out of control, you have a split second to stop it. Emergency brake could make the difference if your foot's caught. One click disengages the engine from transmission, even for just a few seconds. And it's real close to the shift lever, if you have to pop it into N - which my dad once had to do on a Jeep when the cruise wouldn't turn off.

Not referring to this specific incident - this is just for future reference in general.
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Nice Dremel work! Also nice to know what to look for so "Kudos" for the pictures.

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