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Car Brake Overrides Proposed for U.S. Following Toyota’s Recalls

Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 01:10 PM

Auto-safety regulators proposed requiring cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. to have so-called brake override features to stop a vehicle when drivers press both the brake and accelerator.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposal follows record recalls in 2009 and 2010 by Toyota Motor Corp. for defects that may cause unintended acceleration.

“America’s drivers should feel confident that anytime they get behind the wheel they can easily maintain control of their vehicles — especially in the event of an emergency,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in an e-mailed statement. “By updating our safety standards, we’re helping give drivers peace of mind that their brakes will work even if the gas pedal is stuck down while the driver is trying to brake.”

The rule, which would update an existing auto-safety regulation, would cost “close to zero” because most carmakers already meet the requirement, according to the agency.

The agency developed the proposed rule and a recommendation issued in December to standardize keyless ignitions to allow drivers to turn off cars faster after a driver and family members died in a crash of a runaway Lexus ES-350.

NHTSA, in the proposal, said it’s received “thousands” of complaints about unintended acceleration since 2000, with some involving stuck accelerator pedals that brake override technology would be designed to counter.


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