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Hyundai addresses brake pedal safety concerns

Hyundai implements throttle override capabilities in all new models in anticipation of government mandate

by Crystal NguonlyPublished: May 09, 2012 07:35 AM

Costa Mesa-based Hyundai Motor America is anticipating driver concerns and consumer safety issues by implementing a brake pedal electronic throttle override capability in all the automaker’s new models.

With many cars today using the electronic throttle control, there is still a slight possibility for a malfunction, which can cause a vehicle to accelerate despite driver input.

“With Hyundai’s brake pedal throttle override capability, any brake pedal input by the driver, even with a runaway throttle condition, completely overrides any throttle malfunction,” says Robert Babcock, the director of certification and compliance affairs for Hyundai’s technical center.

Though the possibility of malfunction is unlikely due to the various high tech safety protocols, unexpected occurrences can still happen and Hyundai’s continual practice for safety and customer satisfaction will ensure the safest possible driving.

“It is no longer possible to have increasing engine power once the brake pedal is depressed by the driver. This adds a reassuring, incremental safeguard of control for Hyundai drivers,” Babcock said.

A government mandate for brake pedal throttle override capability has been under debate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since April 2012. However, Hyundai has chosen to focus less on the possible government mandate and focus on the immediate safety of their customers.

Starting with the May production line of new vehicles, all U.S. Hyundai models will be equipped with the brake pedal throttle override capability.

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