Always looking for ways to one-up its Japanese competitors, Hyundai has announced that a brake override system will be standard equipment on its full line of vehicles, starting this month.
Truth be told, every 2012 Hyundai model save for the Elantra Touring already had a brake override system fitted. So why the announcement, and why now? Well, other than just tweaking Toyota, whose unintended acceleration problems led to widespread recalls, a Congressional investigation, and prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to propose requiring brake override systems on all new cars, the announcement likely has more to do with the end of Elantra Touring production than it does with anything else.

The old Hyundai i30, on which the Elantra Touring was based, has been redesigned, and reviews of the new model have already started showing up on foreign automotive websites. We won't get our version of the i30, dubbed Elantra GT here in the U.S., until later in the summer.

We'll be driving the GT in June and we promise to issue a full report, though we're going to try to avoid testing this new technology.
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HYUNDAI IMPLEMENTS THROTTLE OVERRIDE CAPABILITY IN ADVANCE OF PENDING GOVERNMENT MANDATE

Hyundai Bolsters Its Safety Leadership Record with all Models Providing Brake Pedal Throttle Override Capability


COSTA MESA, May 2, 2012 – Hyundai continues its practice of providing critical safety technologies to its customers well before government mandates come into effect with all models now offering brake pedal electronic throttle override capability.

The government mandate for brake pedal throttle override capability, a component of FMVSS 124 (Accelerator Control Systems), has been under consideration by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, its final approval and subsequent timing have yet to be determined. Hyundai development teams have been less concerned about final government mandate timing, focusing instead on the immediate safety and assurance of their customers.

Beginning with May 2012 production, fully 100 percent of all U.S. Hyundai models now provide the assuring safeguard of brake pedal throttle override capability. This advanced safety feature implementation by Hyundai remains many months and possibly years before the final government mandate, if approved.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai development teams have been less concerned about final government mandate timing, focusing instead on the immediate safety and assurance of their customers. ------- This is spreading the bs on too thick, it offends me to read statements like this from any company.
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      brycmtthw
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's ironic that Hyundai is just now adding this feature that Chrysler had standard on all of their vehicles equipped with the electronic throttle system since 2003. And they call them innovative?!? Yeah right.
      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      One up the Japanese guys? Nissan had this technology in their cars since 2004.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't the Germans implement this in 90's?
      saeny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't Hyundai have a problem with steering wheels coming off in drivers' hands last year? Didn't see the big press show for that. Hmmmm.
        BTCC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saeny
        No steering wheels, I believe Hyundai Sonata had doors they will not stay latched.
        Matrix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saeny
        nope hyundai never had this problem, that was actually GM's problem, the steering wheel could pop off on the new chevy cruze. look it up.
          saeny
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matrix
          NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigations said the complaints "allege either a separation of the intermediate steering shaft assembly upper universal joint resulting in a complete loss of steering capability and/or a cross-threaded pinch bolt that caused stripped-out threads and loosening, but not complete separation of the upper universal joint connection." It said the vehicles were manufactured during the same month and had fewer than 600 miles of service at the time of the alleged incidents. Hyundai recalled 5,893 2011 Sonata vehicles on February 24 to fix faulty door latches.
        authenticK
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saeny
        that was chevy cruzes if i remember right
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saeny
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        anonymous guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saeny
        There was press coverage, and it was Chevrolet Cruze, not Hyundai.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those who are too damn stupid to drive, yet still pass the hideously lax licensing process.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Let me guess - you feel the same about seat belts. Perhaps you should drive without them. If all goes well, you will soon win the Darwin's Award.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Bitch, I host the Darwin Awards and give them out to morons like you. Seat belts save lives, brake overrides only preserve and encourage stupidity in our society. As chairman of the Darwin foundation, I am entirely opposed to these systems.
          BTCC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Speaking of seatbelts, why is Hyundai fighting the NHTSA and refusing to replace the fault seat belts in the Sonata?
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          @IBx27 Really. looks like the system is rigged. Morons like you should be getting the awards, not deciding them.
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        @IBx27
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        BTCC
        • 2 Years Ago
        I really wonder if GM was behind the hysteria of the Toyota hyped NON-issue.
      my2545
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure who they're "one-upping", but Toyota made this standard at the beginning of 2011.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @my2545
        toyota/toyota drivers were the ones that caused the whole unintended acceleration thing to begin with
          BTCC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          No, ABC caused all the hype with their concocted story where they used a hack professor, a rigged car, altered video, and really questionable journalism.
      saeny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, didn't Hyundai have a problem with steering wheels coming off in drivers hands last year or so ?
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't going to do anything though since most cases of unintended acceleration are from idiots mashing the wrong pedal...if you mash the gas pedal even with brake override the car will slam into ****.
      Emil
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like it or not, Hyundai is now what Toyota was in 90's, and Toyota is what GM used to be in 90's
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