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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]
Mazda will reportedly add a brake override system to all of its future products. According to an article by Automotive News, Mazda will make the step towards added safety on the heels of Toyota’s recall woes and that automaker’s decision to begin installing a brake override system in all of its new models.
The system will work by giving priority to the brake when both the gas and brake are pressed. Nissan already uses such a system in most of its vehicles.
A spokesman for Mazda said he isn’t aware of any issues of unintended acceleration or sticking gas pedals with its vehicles, but is taking the move to be proactive and avoid any unwanted bad publicity – a burden a smaller automaker like Mazda might not be able to shoulder so easily. The estimated cost of the system will be $50, which is likely to be built into the price of future Mazda models.
It is not clear if this new system will debut in the new Mazda2 model due out later this year, or if it will start on all new models to follow.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]
This additional safety measure to also be included in most new Toyota models
As hearings into Toyota’s recall woes begin today in Washington, the automaker has announced that it will install a new brake override feature on an expanded range of vehicles. The feature, initially announced for the 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, and the 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350, 2006-2010 IS 350 and 2006-2010 IS 250 models, will also be installed on all 2005-10 Tacoma models, 2009-10 Venza models and 2008-10 Sequoia models.
The brake override feature will automatically reduce engine power when both the brake and accelerator pedal are pressed. While this is not a part of the recall, it will be performed when recall work is done. Toyota says that it is “an extra measure of confidence for Toyota owners.”
Toyota has also said this brake override feature will also be standard equipment on most new Toyota models in the future.
Additional info can be found at www.toyota.com/recall or by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Find additional recall information at the AutoGuide Toyota Recall News Hub here.
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