NHTSA releases brake-throttle override proposal

Washington – A notice of proposed rulemaking (.pdf file) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would require vehicle manufacturers to include a brake-throttle override system to ensure vehicles stop if the brake and accelerator are pressed at the same time.

The brake-throttle override requirement is part of an effort to minimize unintended acceleration and prevent collisions due to accelerator control system disconnections, accelerator pedals sticking or floor mat entrapment, according to a NHTSA press release.

The feature would apply to new passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles, and trucks and buses weighing less than approximately 10,000 pounds.

Comments will be accepted for 60 days after the NPRM is published in the Federal Register.

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