Federal safety regulators have announced a proposed 'brake-throttle override' requirement for motor vehicles with the hope of reducing unintended acceleration incidents.
"America's drivers should feel confident that anytime they get behind the wheel they can easily maintain control of their vehicles—especially in the event of an emergency," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "By updating our safety standards, we're helping give drivers peace of mind that their brakes will work even if the gas pedal is stuck down while the driver is trying to brake."
This proposal is due to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal is to minimize the risk that drivers will lose control of their vehicles as a result of either accelerator control system disconnections, accelerator pedal sticking, or floor mat entrapment. Unintended acceleration complaints have been reported for years and most are never resolved by engineers, attributing them to misplaced feet.
"We learned as part of the comprehensive NASA and NHTSA studies of high-speed unintended acceleration that brake override systems could help drivers avoid crashes," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "While NHTSA's defect investigation program will continue to monitor and consider consumer complaints of any potential vehicle safety issues, this proposal is one way the agency is helping keep drivers safe and continuing to work to reduce the risk of injury from sticky pedals or pedal entrapment issues.