NHTSA Proposes New Safety Standards For Brakes

3:37 PM, Apr 12, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Reports of Toyota drivers and runaway cars lead the government to step in and conduct it's own research into the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed new safety standards it says could reduce the risk of unintended acceleration.

Research by NHTSA and NASA suggests a feature called a brake throttle overdrive should now be standard in all vehicles.

The feature would allow you to maintain control of your car, just by using your brakes, even if your accelerator pedal is stuck or trapped.

This is now open for public comment.

Toyota started installing its version of a brake override in several models back in 2010.

It now comes as standard a feature in their new vehicles.

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