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While all Toyota and Lexus models are expected to be sold with brake override systems by the end of 2010, there are still plenty in customers' hands that don't have the feature. A brake override system will effectively cut engine power if it senses the brake and gas pedals are being pressed at the same time, a handy feature if you find your car suddenly accelerating.

Until now, Toyota has been retroactively adding the brake override feature only to certain models affected by its recent recalls, specifically the Toyota Camry and Avalon and Lexus ES and IS models. Yesterday the Japanese automaker announced that this list is being expanded to also include the Toyota Tacoma, Venza and Sequoia. This means that anyone who brings one of these seven models to a Toyota dealer for a recall fix, whether it be for the floormat or sticking pedal recall, will also have the brake override feature added to his or her vehicle (except Sequoia owners, who Toyota says will get a letter about adding the brake override feature separate from the recall campaign).

In its announcement after the jump, Toyota claims the brake override feature is not an "integral part of the recall remedy," but rather an extra measure of confidence for its customers. The announcement itself came the day before Congressional hearings on Toyota's pedal problems take place in Washington D.C.

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Toyota Extends Brake Override Feature to Provide an Additional Measure of Customer Confidence

TORRANCE, Calif., February 22, 2010 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced that it will install a brake override feature on an expanded range of customers' vehicles to provide an additional measure of confidence. This braking system enhancement will automatically reduce engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions.

The following year models have been added to the list of vehicles which will receive brake override upgrade: 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2009-2010 Venza and 2008-2010 Sequoia. Toyota previously announced that the system would be installed onto the 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, and the 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350, 2006-2010 IS 350 and 2006-2010 IS 250 models.

The brake override feature is not an integral part of the recall remedy, but is instead being added as an extra measure of confidence for Toyota owners. It will be installed on Tacoma and Venza at the same time as the recall modifications are performed.

Notification to customers regarding brake override installation for Sequoia will be sent separately from the current recall campaign for sticking accelerator pedals.
In addition to upgrades on existing vehicles, this feature is scheduled to be incorporated into future new production of most models sold in the United States by the end of 2010.

"Expansion of this brake override feature underscores Toyota's commitment to building the safest and most reliable vehicles on the road, as we have for 50 years, and to ensuring that our customers have complete confidence in the vehicles they drive." said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of TMS.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Toyota adds more models to list getting brake override systems"

      Sorry Toyota, looks like I'm forced to "override" you from my next car buy list...
        • 5 Years Ago

        if americans cars with solid axles would sold here in europe, that number would be much higher than 20.000.

        : )
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have heard of Europeans that can't operate an auto trans... Now you say there would be many that can't control a live axle equipped vehicle? So much for the high praise of European driver education on here. lol

        What's wrong with solid axles?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota did do some of this to themselves. When a CEO brags about the profits he saves by ignoring safety hazards and later bragging about them Karmas eventually going to catch up to them. No companies perfect but when you do something wrong you can't expect for it to go unresolved forever...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because of the 20,000+ people killed in the last decade in Toyota cars were due to...manufacturing/engineering/design defects on the car. Oh wait, that would be only 0.1% (20 deaths allegedly linked to gas pedal problems). And even then driver error is more likely as per historical data and NHTSA investigations of these "unintended acceleration claims" and per traffic safety research.

        Now I'm not saying we should ignore these claims and assume Toyota is the perfect company. No, there should be investigation to see if there are part defects. But to think that Toyota cars are now somehow raging, out of control deathmobiles is totally ludicrous and simply ignorant.

        If you find the the gas and the brake pedal depressed at the same time...take your foot off the gas! Similar incident happened to Audi where tons of people were claiming that their Audi were experiencing "unintended acceleration." 60 Minutes featured interviews with 6 people who all claimed that they had first hand experience of that. After NHTSA investigation it turned out that ALL of those interviewed on 60 minutes had unintended acceleration not because of some design defect from Audi, but due to driver pedal misapplication.

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      1.) Why don't they add this to all of their models?

      2.) Why wasn't this added when Toyota started using drive-by-wire?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hindsight is always 20/20. The same accusation can be alleged against all other car companies who not only have DBW systems...but TWO pedals that can be depressed at the same time! (oh wait that;s like every car in the world)

        Why didn't they think of this when they made cars?

        Einstein had a good quote where he concluded that human stupidity is infinite. It is. And it's damn hard to predict and account for every stupid crap that a driver can do behind the wheel and then design a fail-safe mechanism to prevent disaster when said idiot engages in such behaviors.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Hindsight? Seriously? It's plain old cutting corners to inflate profits. Other automakers have been doing this for years and years and years and generations and generations of cars. Instead of hindsight maybe toyota should, quite simply, bring their safety systems up to par with their competitors, no hindsight needed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So......does this mean no more smokey burnouts for my brother in law and his 385 hp Tundra??? :-( (he couldn't pull off a smokey burnout if he tried anyway...so no loss...but then for those that could.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "In its announcement after the jump, Toyota claims the brake override feature is not an 'integral part of the recall remedy,' but rather an extra measure of confidence for its customers."

      Even with the blizzard of bad publicity, they are still tone deaf, and they are still spinning. Unbelievable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats weird, this shouldn't be necessary considering its not a software issue...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "We don't have an electronic problem with our throttle. We're installing this failsafe device just in case. But there isn't another problem. Honest."

        Yeah. Right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i LOL'd
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man Toyota keeps digging a deeper hole, one that they will not be able to come out of.This latest tactic is an admision that the pedal issue was a band-aid solution.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An extra measure of confidence for customers? Bull.

      More like.. "This should have been implemented from the beginning but we left it out to increase our profit margin by a few pennies."

      Tiger Woods and Toyota really suck at this whole damage control thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OH NO people are dying in our cars !!!!!!!!! We might have to fix SOME of them if the people find out about it and stop buying our cars.We will wait and hope this goes away and sales don't go down.DO YOU GET THAT THIS IS HOW THEY THINK ? They still would not be responding if they were not forced to do so. What a JOKE and so is anyone who buys their LIES and MORAL FAILURES !!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you think that Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, etc. all exist out of the goodness of their hearts? They all exist to make shareholders happy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suggestion to Toyota: Rename all your cars "Christine" after the 1958 Plymouth Fury in the John Carpenter movie.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hm I guess no more heel-toe downshifting with a manual gearbox. I guess I was mistaking the IS for a sport coupe... I beg you, proper sports car makers: never add brake override to your manual cars. NEVER!

      Honestly I'd take my chances. How hard would it be to throw the car into neutral and slam the brakes??????? Seriously??? We need stricter drivers' license tests in this country...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there an override to bring back the 1992 Toyota pickup? My dad has one and I don't remember having any trouble with the unintended acceleration or floor mats. Its a workhorse. Can you override your bean counters and bring it back?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh Yea, the cheap little trucks that rusted through the wheelwells in 3-5 years depending where you live !!!!!
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