Hyundai Joins Other Manufactuers Implementing Standard Brake Override
In a move lauded by NCCC, Hyundai has joined other manufacturers and announced that brake override technology will be standard equipment on all of its vehicles with a May 2012 production date or later.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering making this type of technology mandatory on all vehicles to help avoid instances of unintended acceleration in vehicles. General Motors, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen have already adopted this technology across their vehicle lineups.
This 'smart throttle' technology developed from the crisis that severely damaged Toyota's safety reputation in 2009 and 2010. Since then, auto makers have stepped up the pace in developing brake override systems that will safely reduce power to the engine and allow a vehicle to come to a quick stop under most conceivable stuck throttle incidents. Even better, the brake override technology will not get in the way of driver operability.
Kudos to Hyundai for joining the list of manufacturers to deploy this technology. We hope other manufacturers deploy this technology voluntarily before this proposed standard is adopted, which we believe will happen. Manufacturers who adopt this life-saving technology early are showing their commitment to consumer safety.