Toyota to remedy some of the problems with sticking accelerators in the Lexus models have begun installing a brake override system on the engine at idle if the computer detects the driver is applying the brakes. This is expected to stop any unwanted acceleration of the vehicles no matter what reason the accelerator pedal sticks.
The Toyota Motor Corp. has begun installing this system on the Toyota Camry, and the Lexus ES 350, however this is has not been an option for the Toyota models that have been recalled. The intended fix for those vehicles that have faulty accelerators is an accelerator pedal replacement. The accelerator sticking is responsible for the deaths of at least one family in Southern California.
The vehicle driven by an off duty California Highway Patrol officer with his family in the vehicle crashed at speeds of approximately 120 miles an hour after making a 911 call that the vehicle was out of control, killing everyone in the vehicle.
The Toyota Corp. believes this brake override system will correct the problems that have been associated with their vehicles acceleration problem in these new models.