Toyota Releases Safety System to Curb Unintended Acceleration

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> released on Wednesday a safety system that can be installed in a vehicle to help prevent drivers from mistakenly using the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

The move is part of the automaker's efforts to help reduce the number of accidents stemming from unintended sudden acceleration, which are frequently linked to elderly drivers.

The system is compatible with Toyota's two hybrid models, covering a total of some 2.27 million units of the Prius and Aqua sold between May 2009 and December 2015 and between December 2011 and April 2018, respectively.

The system gives a warning sound if it detects obstacles within 3 meters of the front or the back of the car.

If a driver presses the accelerator down strongly with obstacles in front, or when traveling in reverse at speeds of 5 kilometers per hour or faster, it reduces the speed and warns the driver to release the accelerator through a message on a monitor beside the driver's seat.

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