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GM to install brake-override systems in new vehicles

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit -- General Motors Co. will join a growing list of automakers adding brake-override systems to new vehicles as Congress and federal regulators mull mandating the safeguard for all automakers.

The decision, announced today, comes as automakers move to adopt the safeguard in light of a recall of 8.5 million Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles worldwide over sudden acceleration concerns. Toyota said it would add brake-shift override systems to all vehicles by next year, and on most models by the end of this year.

And last week, Mazda Motor Corp. said it will add the systems to all of its new vehicles by the end of next year.

GM's global rollout of the brake override system won't be completed until the end of 2012, but it will be implemented on all GM vehicles with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control. GM's system involves modifying electronic controls to reduce power to the engine when a motorist inadvertently depresses the brake and accelerator.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100405/AUTO01/4050372/1148/GM-to-install-brake-override-systems-in-new-vehicles#ixzz0kEFrl2oe

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