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Toyota Adding Brake Override To All 2011 Models

Maker sued by Allstate over safety defects.

by on Oct.05, 2010

All 2011 Toyota models, such as the new Avalon, will come equipped with a brake override system and black box data recorder.

Toyota will add a brake override system to all of its 2011 models, the maker says, as well as an airline-style data recorder to monitor events leading up to an after an accident.

The maker says the new Smart Stop system has already led to an 84% reduction in complaints about so-called sudden acceleration – an issue that has led Toyota to recall millions of cars, trucks and crossover over the last 12 months.  Additional safety problems have resulted in additional recalls, all told involving about 9 million Toyota vehicles.

The sudden acceleration recalls – and a number of accidents, deaths and injuries associated with the problem – have also triggered a rash of lawsuits targeting the Japanese giant.  The latest legal salvo has been fired by mega-insurer Allstate, which claims that defective accelerator pedals and other safety-related issues have led to accidents involving its clients.

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The Northbrook, Illinois company cited 725 accidents involving its clients while driving Toyota where sudden acceleration was reported as a possible cause.  Those collisions resulted in 304 injuries and 18 fatalities.

As a result, “Toyota should be held accountable for the financial impact of these accidents,” said Christina Loznicka, a spokeswoman for Allstate.

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