A lot goes through my mind when I’m driving. How much I hate traffic. How much I hate the person in the left lane based only on their face. Why people insist on going to Disney World for their family vacation every year. Whether or not Hartford will get the Whalers back.
But there’s always one scenario that gets more of my mind time. It’s the scenario where you can’t get your car to slow down because the throttle’s stuck. Do you throw the e-brake on? Shift to neutral and look for a hill to drive up and turn so you’re horizontal to the ground? Or do you make the cinematic getaway and open the driver door and roll out onto the pavement?
Well…if you’re careening out of control in a new Hyundai because the electronic throttle is stuck, all you have to do is tap the brakes.
Beginning with May’s production, fully 100 percent of all U.S. Hyundai models will come equipped with brake pedal override capacity. Any brake pedal input by the driver completely overrides an electronic throttle malfunction, which are becoming of increasing concern because the only thing preventing the throttle from going nuts is technology. This manual failsafe should ease folks’ acceleration anxiety.
The NHTSA has been considering implementing a government mandate requiring a brake pedal override capability since the middle of April, so Hyundai is getting a jump on the competition in the all-important safety and trust component of consumer sentiment.
Hyundai’s doing their best to make sure you don’t have to open, jump and roll from the driver’s seat. Unless the brakes go. Then it’s best to get out of dodge like the Whale leaving Hartford.
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