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Government may recommend brake safety changes on all new cars

WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood said his
agency may recommend that all new vehicles come equipped with
brakes that can override the gas pedal.
The safety measure is designed to prevent cases of unintended
acceleration that have been a huge problem for Toyota and the
source of the recall of more than 8 million Toyota cars and trucks
worldwide.
Toyota says it will install the brake systems in most of its new
vehicles and many already on the road.
During testimony this morning before a Senate committee
investigating Toyota's woes, LaHood said federal safety regulators
may recommend the brake override system on cars made by other
automakers.
The backup safety system overrides the accelerator if the gas
and brake pedals are pressed at the same time.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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