Honda Says Brake Override Will be Standard in All Models by 2011

Honda Says Brake Override Will be Standard in All Models by 2011

With increased pressure from Congress in the wake of Toyota’s recall crisis, Honda has announced it will include a brake override feature in all of its models by the end of 2011.

“We are committed to applying Brake Priority Logic on 100 percent of Honda and Acura passenger vehicles produced for the North American market by the end of calendar-year 2011, with our first application coming to market in late August 2010,” the company said in a statement.

Honda’s Brake Priority Logic will first appear in a yet-unnamed model this August and trickle down throughout the rest of the range by the end of 2010.

Earlier this week, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. president Jim Lentz commented that Toyota would make a brake override system available across its North American lineup by the end of 2010 as well.

The move by both automakers may soon become irrelevant, however, as earlier this week a U.S. House committee passed a new bill that will see mandatory brake override systems in all vehicles. The bill also increases the amount the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can fine an automaker for taking too long to respond to a recall issue, upping it from $16.4 million to $200 million.

[Source: Inside Line]