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When you hit the gas pedal on your car, there are a number of forces at play to get it going.

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Bosch Says New Device Could Boost Fuel Economy By 7 Percent

For all the weight automakers are shedding on their vehicles, all the hybrid offerings they're putting on the road and all the cylinders they're removing from their engines, the push to improve fuel economy amid stricter government standards omits one key element from the equation – drivers.

The accelerator cable in your car is what allows you, as the driver, to control the speed of your vehicle by pressing down or releasing the pressure on the accelerator pedal.

The cruise control cable is the steel braided cable that the cruise control system uses to hold the throttle open during operation.

An accelerator pump is a component on a carburetor.

As you step on the accelerator pedal in your vehicle, you probably aren’t even thinking about the accelerator pad.

Nestled down in the carburetor’s fuel bowl is a little pump that provides extra sprays of needed fuel in situations like starting the car or passing on the highway.

It seems we just can't keep unintended acceleration incidents out of the news these days. The latest report of such an occurrence comes from Ellijay, Georgia, where a 1995 Volvo 960 (nope, not a Toyota this time) barreled through the crowd of bidders at Blue Ridge Auto Auction at about 8:15 in the evening on Tuesday.

Just as we reported yesterday, Toyota has confirmed the recall announced last week for sticking accelerator pedals will be expanded beyond the U.S. and soon include Europe.

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