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Toyota Installing Brake Override System To Counter Unintended Acceleration

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2010 Toyota Camry

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After a recall of 3.8 million vehicles, a quick zip-tie fix and several years of struggling with unintended acceleration claims, Toyota appears to have found a solution--for future vehicles, at least. The company has already begun fitting a brake override system to its cars.

The new brake override system enables the car to return the engine to idle if it senses the driver applying the brakes but unable to slow the car, keeping a racing engine from pushing the car past its limits. Installation on some cars began this month, and Toyota North America president Yoshi Inaba says it'll be standard on all Toyota and Lexus cars by the end of the year.

The first cars to get the upgrade are the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES 350, the models at the center of the latest safety issue.

Finding a satisfactory resolution to the problem will no doubt be a relief to Toyota, as it has struggled with the issue since 2007. After several incidents, at least one of which was fatal, Toyota followed up its 2007 action in mid-2009. An interim solution involving zip-ties was found, followed by a decision to shorten and replace the accelerator pedals themselves, but the newly-announced emergency brake override system provides a solution even in cases where the floor mats or pedals weren't the issue.

It appears Toyota's post-facto remedies referenced above will remain the only solutions for existing cars.

Models that were affected by the safety issue include:

2007-2010 Toyota Camry
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
2004-2009 Toyota Prius
2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
2007-2010 Lexus ES 350
2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and Lexus IS 350

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Comments (4)
  1. Holy Crap! How can anyone even consider purchasing a Toyota Deathmobile anymore? Bland/ugly styling, numb ride and now an admission that their cars have "unintended acceleration". What an awful company.
     
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  2. WOW! So all the other "fixes" have been crap none the less. Why dosent Toyota just come out and say "we have a major issue and we will fix it". Doe they think the public is stuipd and cant see threw this? Wow how the mighty has fallen. Bob I agree I would not step foot into a Toyota. who is to say that this will even fix the problem. i have a feeling this is going to get worse. And people think the domestics have issues?
     
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  3. Obviously Bob and Dave work for Govt Motors! And they way its written its probably one nitwit, not two. What nonsense. Toyota is going to continue to outsell and outmuscle all domestic car companies. Now that Obammy and his cronies are sitting on the board of directors lets see how long they can prop up GM and Chrysler. What a waste. Toyota = Excellent Cars and Trucks.
     
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  4. I have never worked for GM. The domestics have had serious issues in the past, but have you driven one lately?
    Toyota has been brilliant in applying knowledge of Dr. W. Edward Deming from Iowa. He taught the Japanese how to improve product quality, design, service, testing, reduce expenses and increase market share. He was known as the Father of the Japanese Post War Industrial Revival. Toyota also brilliantly applied what they learned from the U.S. Army Training Program, i.e. Training Within Industry. Last, they learned how to set up a national network plus more from their joint venture with GM called NUMMI.
    However, things began to slowly unravel in the early 2000's. In Japan alone in 2007, they had 5 recalls with the last one impacting 470,000 vehicles. Further, the first unwanted acceleration issue was reported in 2001 in the U.S.
    It just might behoove "Not Bob nor Dave" to do some research of his own, that is if he can get beyond his pride in wearing his Toyota loyalty badge - which I anticipate will never happen.
     
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