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Toyota’s Issues May Drive Change in U.S. Brake Standards

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Posted on Mar 2, 2010
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February sales figures for the Prius, shown here, represented the only bright spot for Toyota’s month, according to MarketWatch.

February wasn’t a good month for Toyota, what with the fallout from the automaker’s recent recall, but Toyota’s pain may lead to a gain for U.S. drivers, in the form of a potential requirement for automobiles to include a brake override system.  —KA

The New York Times:

The Obama administration is considering requiring all automobiles to contain a brake override system intended to prevent sudden acceleration episodes like those that have led to the recall of millions of Toyotas, the Transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, said Tuesday.

“We’re looking at it,” Mr. LaHood said. “We think it is a good safety device, and we’re trying to figure out if we should be recommending it.”

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By cathy810, March 3, 2010 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Call me cynical, but this sure would be a great way to support union jobs at GM and Chrysler and sneak in another stimulus under the guise of safety.  Is this the best way to spend our limited resources???

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By Blackspeare, March 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

From a morbidity and mortality actuarial analysis, the personal risk taken by an owners of Toyotas fall well within accepted limits and that is why they resist recalls.  There is no more danger from driving Toyotas than there is from every day risks.  However, the USA has become a zero tolerance zero risk nation and that creates problems for all.

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