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    NHTSA Proposes Manditory Throttle-Override System

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    April 12, 2012

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced has announced plans to update the agency's current vehicle safety standards to include a mandatory brake-throttle override system.

    The system would ensure that the brake will overpower the gas pedal when the two are applied at the same time and bring the car to a stop. The hope is to curb the amount of unattended acceleration cases. The new standards will apply on all cars, trucks and buses regardless of weight.

    "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. 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," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement.

    The public will have sixty days to leave a comment on the proposal.

    Press Release is on Page 2, The Proposal is on Page 3

    USDOT Proposes Updated Safety Standard to Prioritize Braking Control, Reduce Risk of High-Speed Unintended Acceleration for Nation's Cars

    April 12, 2012

    'Brake-Throttle Override' requirement will reduce the risk of high-speed unintended acceleration involving a stuck or trapped accelerator pedal

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed to update existing safety standards to ensure drivers can better stop a vehicle in the event both the brake and accelerator pedals are depressed at the same time. NHTSA research indicates a "Brake-Throttle Override" requirement will help reduce the risks of high-speed unintended acceleration and prevent crashes involving a stuck or trapped accelerator pedal by allowing the driver to maintain control through normal application of the vehicle's brakes.

    "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."

    The NHTSA proposal aims to minimize the risk that drivers will lose control of their vehicles as a result of either accelerator control system disconnections or accelerator pedal sticking or floormat entrapment. The proposal would amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 124, Accelerator Control Systems, by updating the throttle control disconnection test procedures for all passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses, regardless of weight. For vehicles that have Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) 10,000 lbs. (4,536 kilograms) or less, the proposal would also require manufacturers include a Brake-Throttle Override (BTO) system to ensure the vehicle would stop if both the brake and the accelerator pedals are simultaneously applied. Many manufacturers are already including BTO systems in their vehicle fleets.

    "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."

    Members of the public are encouraged to provide comment on NHTSA's "Brake-Throttle Override" proposal and will have 60 days to do so once the proposal is published in the Federal Register.

    For additional information on NASA and NHTSA's studies of high-speed unintended acceleration, visit www.nhtsa.gov/UA.

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    I guess sports cars will need to come with a line lock option for now on, to do burnouts.

    For some folks, this is going to be like the Skip-shift and Brake Trans Shift Interlock, which certain people will likely disable immediately.

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    it could, and I think does, kick in over a certain speed

    Speed read from where? GPS, which says Mr. Burnout is stationary? Non-driving-end ABS which also reports a negligible speed? Or the Driving-end ABS which says 80mph?

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    Not a fan of these stupid Nanny Controls. This just goes to show gov overkill on trying to control you, what you do and where you do it.

    If they just went to testing everyone 40 and below every 5 years, 41 to 60 every 4 years and 61 and older every 2 years, they could keep those that should not be driving off the roads.

    This will open up bigger business for those companies who can offer a computers system that allows total over ride of the nanny controls in a car.

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