You would have to be living in a cave to not have heard about the Toyota vehicles that have been recalled over the sticking accelerator issue. The phenomenon had been dubbed "unintended acceleration" in the press.
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I'm still not sure why people can't simply put the car in neutral and coast to the side of the road. If you worry about your car taking you on a high-speed jaunt against your will a new product called the Decelerator has been revealed.
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The Decelerator is a brake override safety system that claims to work no matter the cause of the acceleration. The device reduces the RPM of a high-revving engine allowing the driver to retain control of steering and brakes. The maker also claims the system will not void your warranty and requires no cutting or splicing. A version is available for Toyota vehicle with electronic throttle control.