Although Mazda hasn’t yet experienced any of the unintended acceleration complaints recently experienced at Toyota, the manufacturer has today announced that it will install a brake override system on all future models as a precautionary step.
Toyota recently announced it will install the system on all its models from 2011 onward following two recent safety recalls involving nearly 9 million vehicles around the globe.
The Mazda system will cut power to the engine in the event the vehicle senses both application of the brake and throttle pedals at the same time. Mazda have not yet offered a date for the system’s introduction.
Some rival manufacturers already feature a form of the brake override system on certain models including Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Volkswagen. It is reported that Honda, Suzuki and Mitsubishi are also considering adopting a version of the system.
The news comes as the US government considers plans to make the technology mandatory on all vehicles sold there within the next two to three years. So far, there has been no talk of similar legislation being introduced in Australia.