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Unintended Acceleration Solution: One Pedal For Throttle And Brake?
Unintended Acceleration Solution: One Pedal For Throttle And Brake?

What if the traditional pedal setup, with an accelerator and brake adjacent and just a couple of inches apart, typically, isn't such a great idea after all? Japanese inventor Masuyuki Naruse doesn't think it is, and argues that it can cause drivers to mistake the accelerator for the brake, in...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
All U.S. Honda Vehicles To Get Brake Overrides By Next Year

American Honda has announced that it will be installing a brake-override system on all of its Honda- and Acura-brand vehicles for the North American market by the end of 2011. The device would, quite simply, allow the brake pedal to override any throttle input returning the engine to idle or near...Read More»

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Auto Safety Bill: Higher Fines, Black Boxes And...Brake Tests?

If you've at all mused that someday Capitol Hill will try to legislate stopping distances, take a deep breath as that time has come—well, almost. All those weighty congressional hearings this past winter have come to fruition—from the House last week, and now the Senate—in freshly drafted...Read More»

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Mazda To Install Brake Overrides On Future Models

Mazda Motor Corp. (7261:JP) plans to install so-called smart throttles—incorporating brake overrides—in all of its future models, reported Automotive News, citing automaker officials in Japan. The move appears to be a purely preemptive measure, or an added safety feature, as the Japanese...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Stuck Accelerator Strategies: Consumer Reports Tests Them

What do you do if your accelerator pedal does become stuck? That's what a tragic California accident in August and the ensuing massive ongoing Toyota recall—of floor mats that can wedge the pedal at or near the floor—has people wondering. Enter Consumer Reports, which tested some potential exit...Read More»

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