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    Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Feds consider brake override on new cars
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday his agency may recommend that all new vehicles sold in the U.S. be equipped with brakes that can override the gas pedal. The idea seemed to be gaining support among lawmakers as Toyota officials returned for a third hearing on lethal safety defects.

    "We will not rest until these cars are safe," LaHood told the Senate Commerce Committee.

    He said the "Toyota business model is broken" but predicted improvements. "I think you'll see some changes in the way they do business," LaHood told the panel.

    His testimony came as federal safety officials increased to 52 the number of reported deaths linked to sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles, through the end of last month. Previously, 34 deaths were blamed on the problem.

    Toyota Motor Corp. and federal regulators both faced questions from Congress over the giant Japanese car company's troubled safety record.

    "We know something has gone terribly wrong," said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. "The system meant to safeguard against faulty vehicles has failed, and it needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed right away."

    Multiple recalls have damaged Toyota's reputation and set the stage for large numbers of death and injury lawsuits amid a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in New York, a probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission and more scrutiny from the Transportation Department. Since September, Toyota has recalled about 6 million vehicles in the U.S.

    One element of new legislation could be a requirement that all newly manufactured cars sold in the United States have a break override system.

    Toyota has said it will put such an override system into all future vehicles and will retrofit many recalled models. More than 8 million Toyota cars have been recalled because of sudden acceleration or breaking defects.

    The backup safety system under discussion overrides the accelerator if the gas and brake pedals are pressed at the same time.
    Nice.

    Congress is going back into the engineering field again.

    Remember airbags, and how they wound up killing more children than the adult lives they were supposed to save?

    The free market is already dealing with the stuck acclerator issue. Congress should vote themselves another 20 days off before they start interfering in the car industry again.

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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Is there anything the Federal government won't try to involve itself in? I'm so sick of these people...

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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    There already is an override to the gas pedal in all vehicles and its been in place since the 1920s, its called putting it in neutral.
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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Is there anything the Federal government won't try to involve itself in?
    Common sense and efficiency.
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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post

    Remember airbags, and how they wound up killing more children than the adult lives they were supposed to save?
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    One of the dumbest things I have ever read.

    Total Lives Saved: 5,065*

    4,301 drivers saved by air bags

    764 passengers saved by air bags

    Injuries Prevented**

    The combination of seat belts and air bags is 75% effective in preventing serious head injuries and 66% effective in preventing serious chest injuries

    Effectiveness of Air Bags in Frontal Crashes**

    Car drivers: 31 % fatality reduction

    Car passengers: 32% fatality reduction

    Light truck drivers: 36%

    Confirmed Air Bag Deaths*

    18 infants in rear-facing infant safety seats

    69 children not in rear-facing child safety seats (4 restrained, but NHTSA questions whether they were properly restrained)

    57 adult drivers

    -- Female: 43 (19 under 5' 2") (15 properly belted)

    -- Male: 14 (2 properly belted)

    6 adult passengers

    -- Female: 5 (3 under 5' 2")

    -- Male: 1

    40 unconfirmed cases still under investigation


    It was also Toyota that developed the brake override ad is installing them on newer models.
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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Remember airbags, and how they wound up killing more children than the adult lives they were supposed to save?

    Are you even serious?
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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    There already is an override to the gas pedal in all vehicles and its been in place since the 1920s, its called putting it in neutral.
    Well, that's fine if you want a visit by your pistons.

    The old solution to stuck accelerator problems was simple...turn the key off.

    Whatever the correct solution is today (and I'd say the computer monitors on the modern engine are perfectly capable of detecting a stuck throttle and shutting the engine off) the Congress isn't part of the solution.

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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Are you even serious?

    Are you even alive?

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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    There already is an override to the gas pedal in all vehicles and its been in place since the 1920s, its called putting it in neutral.
    Apparently for some of the people, that didn't work. Which is really disconcerting. You really want some manual override to disengage the engine.
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    Re: Feds consider brake override on new cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Apparently for some of the people, that didn't work. Which is really disconcerting. You really want some manual override to disengage the engine.
    But clutches are so old-fashioned!

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