Toyota announced today it is expanding the list of vehicles that will receive a brake override feature that cuts engine power when both the brakes and accelerator pedals are applied simultaneously in certain situations. By expanding the installation into the Sequoia, Tacoma, and Venza lines, Toyota will have the feature offered on most vehicles sold in the U.S. by the end of 2010.
Toyota stresses that the override isn't a "integral part of the recall," but its purpose is to add "an extra measure of confidence for Toyota owners." Tacomas and Venzas will have the override installed during recall repair, while Sequoia owners will receive separate instructions. The following models are currently slated to receive the override: 2005-2010 Tacoma 2009-2010 Venza 2008-2010 Sequoia 2007-2010 Camry 2005-2010 Avalon 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 2006-2010 IS350 2006-2010 IS250 Toyota is also considering redesigning its push-button start system, the L.A. Times reports. The current keyless ignition, which Toyota calls Smart Key, asks drivers to press and hold the button for three seconds to shut down the engine. If applied, the revised system would allow drives to stop the engine by pressing the button three times in a row. Source: Toyota, L.A. Times