The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

NHTSA Weighing Merits of Brake Override Mandate

March 03, 2010

WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering whether to recommend that all cars and trucks sold in the U.S. be required to have brakes that can override gas pedals, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said this week. 

LaHood made the statement March 2 while addressing the Senate Commerce Committee, the Associated Press reported. Some safety advocates have recommended such a mandate to prevent sudden acceleration problems like those that have prompted the Toyota recalls. 

"We're looking at it," LaHood said. "We think it is a good safety device, and we're trying to figure out if we should be recommending that." 

LaHood appeared at a hearing scheduled to examine the sudden-acceleration problem. 

During the hearing, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) argued that strong legislative action was needed, including mandates for brake overrides. Rockefeller is the committee's chairman.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

In 1983, Wayne Smolda founded CEI, today the largest independent accident management company, serving more than 400 clients with over 450,000 vehicles.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher