Feds consider brake override for Toyota cars

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If the accelerator sticks, you can still hit the breaks.

That's an idea that seems to be gaining support on capitol hill. Toyota is going full speed ahead with the new plan.

The Japanese car company says future and recalled models will have the override device.

Toyota will give special equipment to U.S. safety regulators so they can read the data in cars that suddenly accelerate.

At a safety hearing, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says he personally told Toyota it must rebuild the public's trust.

"When they have good professional people in North America, who make recommendations, and they don't listen? I think their business model is broken." said LaHood. "I think Mr. Toyoda got that message."

The company is moving forward with that message by offering incentives to customers, including two years of free maintenance.

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Last month, the automaker saw sales dip nine percent. Execs with Ford and GM say they've seen a bump in sales because of Toyota's troubles.