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Hyundai Adding Brake Throttle Override in Advance of Possible Government Mandate

May 09, 2012

Hyundai announced it will add brake pedal throttle override technology to all its U.S. Hyundai models, starting with May production.

The automaker made this announcement after a recent proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that would require automakers to add throttle override technology to late-model vehicles.

The proposal is a component of FMVSS 124 (Accelerator Control Systems). This feature is designed to ensure drivers can stop a vehicle if they depress the brake and accelerator pedal at the same time. The change is designed to reduce the risk of high-speed unintended acceleration and prevent crashes due to a stuck, or trapped, accelerator pedal.

Hyundai said it is implementing this technology early in order to focus on safety for drivers of its vehicles regardless of whether the government implements this requirement or not.

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