Toyota Recall: Toyota's new software keeps Brakes loose to stall Car Crashes

By Automotive Staff | January 13, 2010
In a possible response to accusations of runaway vehicles, Toyota has announced that it will be installing brake override systems on all of its Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles. Installation of this new system began this month on Toyota Camry and Lexus ES350 models, which make up a large portion of vehicles included in the recall. This initiative follows a recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States to fix the problem. Toyota stated the problem was due to floor mats becoming lodged under accelerator pedals; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that floor mats were not necessarily the only cause. These instances of unexpected accelerations have resulted in several injurious and, in some cases, fatal crashes. The new brake override software system will shift the engine to idle if it detects that the driver is attempting to apply the brakes without success. According to Toyota spokesman Mike Michels, “If the pedal is stuck, tampered with, no matter what the pedal is doing, the engine will go into idle.” This new system is expected to be a standard feature on all of Toyota’s vehicles by the end of the year. via AutoWeek
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getreal1
getreal1

It was only a matter of time before all of the sheep stopped following!! Toyota has been pulling the wool over consumers eyes too long!! Consumers reports will still give Toyota a A++. It was sad that peoples life had to be taken in order for Toyota to finally take these death traps off the market and fix them!!

thesavagepony
thesavagepony

Well I guess Toyota is finally taking responsibility and fixing the problem. My question though is why put the engine on idle mode?? Why not shut down the engine and make brakes automatically active to slow down the vehicle?

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