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Auto Industry Supports Black Box, Brake Override

Thursday, 06 May 2010 06:59 AM

A trade group representing Detroit automakers and Toyota Motor Corp. plans to pledge support for requiring brake override systems and vehicle "black boxes" on all new vehicles as Congress develops new safety improvements following Toyota's large recalls.

Toyota's recall of more than 8 million vehicles around the globe to fix faulty accelerator pedals and brake problems with Prius hybrids has prompted the first major changes to auto safety requirements since the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire recalls in 2000.

Congress is pushing the auto industry to meet new safety standards and impose tougher penalties on car companies that fail to quickly report safety defects to the government. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and others, said in a preview of its testimony that it would support vehicle brake override standards.

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