TORRANCE, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. announced that it will install a brake override system on an expanded range of customers' vehicles. This braking system enhancement will automatically reduce engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions.
The following year models have been added to the list of vehicles that will receive the brake override upgrade: 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2009-2010 Venza and 2008-2010 Sequoia. Toyota previously announced that the system would be installed onto the 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, and the 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350, 2006-2010 IS 350 and 2006-2010 IS 250 models.
"The brake override system is not an integral part of the recall remedy, but is instead being added as an extra measure of confidence for Toyota owners," the company said. "It will be installed on Tacoma and Venza at the same time as the recall modifications are performed."
Notification to customers regarding brake override installation for Sequoia will be sent separately from the current recall campaign for sticking accelerator pedals.
In addition to upgrades on existing vehicles, this feature is scheduled to be incorporated into future new production of most models sold in the United States by the end of 2010.