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Wednesday, 17th February 2010
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Toyota announces brake fix

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced that all its new motors will be fitted with a new brake-override system, in the wake of global recalls of a number of its vehicles.

Company president Akio Toyoda, who is the grandson of firm founder Kiichiro Toyoda, said that all future models will have a system which allows drivers to override the car's accelerator by pressing it and the brake simultaneously.

Toyota has been hit by scandal recently, with millions of its cars recalls over a number of different safety issues, including faulty accelerators, problems with footwell mats and issues with electric window functions.

Fellow Japanese firm Nissan has also had safety issues and has recalled cars all over the world.

Speaking to reporters at the Toyota offices in Japan, Toyoda promised that the firm is also to introduce more stringent quality controls. He said that the company is considering a further recall over an alleged problem with power steering in its Corolla vehicles.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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