Trying to escape from the ongoing downward spiral that it’s been trapped in for months, Toyota announced yesterday that it plans to install a new brake override system in all its future vehicles worldwide.
Two U.S. Congressional committee hearings will probe Toyota’s response to drivers’ complaints. At least 44 class-action lawsuits had been filed under state and federal law by the end of last week, according to media reports. A court hearing is scheduled in San Diego on March 25 to determine the location of a single national case.
The new system will cut off power to the engine when both the brake and accelerator are hit at the same time. The company also plans to use black boxes designed to more closely investigate malfunctions.
The announcement comes amidst piling lawsuits and upcoming Congressional committee hearings on Toyota’s actions in relation to accelaration/braking complaints. The automaker is trying desperately to win back some of the public confidence it had before the recall mess.
The automaker underscored that it will be paying special attention to the U.S. [via InsideLine]