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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

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Delphi Twin-Disc Brakes

GM Rolling Out Brake Override System In All Its Cars

In the wake of all the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s unintended acceleration fiasco, General Motors has come out announcing that it will start installing its “enhanced... read more April 5, 2010 by  2


 
Tata Nano in flames, Mumbai, India, from Indian Autos Blog

Hey, Toyota, It Could Be Worse: You Could Have Flaming Tatas

Toyota's troubles with so-called sudden acceleration are so well publicized, we're not going to run them down here. But we'd remind the world's largest carmaker that it might... read more March 24, 2010 by  14


 
Age distribution of drivers in 56 Toyota acceleration deaths, data from Jalopnik and Overlawyered

Toyota Sudden Acceleration: Is It All Older Drivers' Fault?

So-called "sudden acceleration" is an ugly mix of media frenzy, sophisticated engineering, and complex human-machine interaction. But recent data on Toyota... read more March 15, 2010 by  27


 
2010 Mazda MAZDA6 4-door Sedan Auto i Grand Touring Steering Wheel

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... read more March 9, 2010 by  2


 
Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

Toyota Recall: Feds Might Require Brake Overrides

It's already looking like the Toyota recall hearings will bring us at least one new safety feature to all new vehicles: brake overrides. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood... read more March 2, 2010 by  11


 
Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

NHTSA Has No Software Engineers or EEs To Analyze Toyotas

Sometimes you see something you just can't believe. And yet, there it is in cold type (or warm electrons). Today's candidate is a single sentence by Washington Post writers... read more February 23, 2010 by  22


 
2010 Toyota Sequoia

Toyota-Hired Firm Finds No Problem With Electronic Throttle

A Toyota-funded test of vehicles has failed to find issue with the automaker's electronic throttle system, which some safety advocates have accused of being linked to... read more February 15, 2010 by  4


 
Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility

U.S. Transportation Chief: Don't Drive Recalled Toyotas

In a House Appropriations panel hearing this morning Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated that his own advice to owners of the 2.3 million Toyota vehicles recalled... read more February 3, 2010 by  8


 
2010 Toyota Prius

Piling On: Problems With Prius Brakes Are Toyota's Latest Worry

When it rains, it pours. And Toyota may find itself swimming a lot faster if new allegations of safety problems prove to be true. In Japan this morning, the Ministry of... read more February 3, 2010 by  3


 
2005 Toyota Avalon

Toyota Recall: Older, Higher-Mileage Vehicles More At Risk

Toyota's recent recall for an issue that might lead to a sticky accelerator pedal covers about 2.3 million vehicles going all the way back to 2005. But is the owner of a 2005... read more February 2, 2010 by  21


 
Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility

Toyota Recall: Dealers To Start Fixing Gas Pedals This Weekend

While Toyota has been accused of being extremely slow to respond in issuing a recall for its floor-mat-related, unintended-acceleration issue, the automaker has responded... read more February 1, 2010 by  1


 
2007 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Grille

Toyota And NHTSA Shockingly Slow On Unintended Acceleration Issue

It's hard to imagine that Toyota only started to take serious action on reports of its vehicles accelerating uncontrollably after four people in a Lexus ES 350 were killed... read more February 1, 2010 by  6


 
Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

Toyota And Lexus Recall: Everything You Need To Know

Own a Toyota or Lexus vehicle and not even sure if or how it's affected by the recent massive recall efforts? Looking back at the headlines of recent weeks and... read more January 28, 2010 by  36


 
Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA

CR: 41 Percent Of Acceleration Complaints Involve Toyotas

Whether or not so-called "sudden acceleration" problems involve issues with floor mats, operator confusion over pedals, or actual vehicle defects, several automakers rank far... read more December 7, 2009 by  7


 
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