DOT Poses Brake Override Rule After Toyota Crash Studies

Law360, New York (April 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday proposed requiring automobile makers to install “brake-throttle overrides” to reduce risks of unintended acceleration, responding to concerns following a massive recall of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles that spurred "sticky pedal" litigation.

The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to update the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard to mandate that passenger vehicles, trucks and buses include systems that would make them stop if a driver pressed both the brake and the accelerator at the same time.

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