Toyota Motor Corp., the world's leading automaker which recently made recalls to nearly 10 million vehicle owners worldwide, made an announcement on Tuesday Feb. 23 that the company will install a brake override system in their new vehicles.
The installation of the new system is considered as a precautionary measure to avoid sudden acceleration amongst Toyota vehicles. Accordingly, this override system will be used to cut power to engine when brake and gas pedals in a vehicle are pressed at the same time.
Toyota said that the new brake override system will be put in its new vehicles which are purchased in America by the end of the 2010.
On Tuesday, a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's investigative subcommittee was held in which Toyota president in the United States James Lentz sent his apology to customers after the company made U.S. vehicle owners concerned about safety and reliability. In that Tuesday hearing, James Lentz announced about the new installation in Toyota new models to the public.
Stating at the hearing, James said that the company hoped to regain confidence from its customers with this new standard equipment. He said the company is one of the first full-line manufacturers to give out such measure to guarantee the safe and reliable standards for cars and trucks.
According to the president U.S. operations, 2005 to 2010 Tacoma, 2009 and 2010 Venza, and 2008 to 2010 Sequoia models will also be installed with the new brake system. Before that, the Japanese automaker pronounced that the company would equip new devices for the 2007 to 2010 Camry, 2005 to 2010 Avalon, and the 2007 to 2010 Lexus ES 350, 2006 to 2010 IS 350 and 2006 to 2010 IS 250 models.
Brake override system, said by the company, is aimed to give confidence to their vehicle drivers.
When asked about the cause for sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles by House panel members, president James Lentz said that the company had studied and found that there was no error with the electronic throttle control system.