Toyota and its agent in Saudi Arabia, Abdul
Latif Jameel Co, will install brake override systems in the
affected vehicles, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce and
Industry said in a statement this week.
This is the second country, after the United States, where
installation of the brake override system to prevent runaway
Toyota vehicles has been required, the statement said.
Toyota in an emailed statement said that its main Toyota brand
and luxury Lexus brand vehicles "are safe even without" a brake
Regulators in the United States in 2011 found that there was no
electronic-based cause of unintended high-speed acceleration in
But, Toyota said it recalled the vehicles in Saudi Arabia to
"ensure customers' peace of mind" and after the trade ministry's
"strong request" that software for a brake override system be
installed, Toyota said in its emailed statement.
The Toyota brake override system automatically counteracts any
instances of unintended acceleration, including cutting power to
The recall in Saudi Arabia affects seven Toyota brand and three
Lexus brand vehicles from model years 2005 to 2011.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall;
editing by Bob Burgdorfer)
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