Detroit, Michigan – General Motors will add brake override to all of its vehicles, with the global rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

The “enhanced smart pedal” technology will be added to all passenger cars with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control. The system reduces power to the engine when the brake and accelerator pedal are depressed at the same time.

GM said that it has had a braking performance standard in place for the past several years, requiring that the brakes on all cars, trucks and crossovers be able to stop the vehicle within a specific distance. The new brake override is an additional safeguard.

“News media analyses of government data consistently validates that GM’s safety record on this issue is among the strongest in the industry,” said Tom Stephens, vice-chairman of GM global product operations. “At the same time, we know safety is top of mind for consumers, so we are applying additional technology to reassure them that they can count on the brakes in their GM vehicle.”

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