Mazda to install brake override system

Mazda, which has not had any complaints of unintended acceleration in any of its models, is installing safety systems in all future models which will prioritise brakes when both pedals are pressed.

Mazda claims the technology is already present in some European diesel versions of its line-up, but will be extended to all models from this year.

Recent reports, predominantly in the US, have highlighted a problem with Toyota cars suffering from unintended acceleration. Currently Toyota has recalled around eight million cars worldwide.

Mercedes, Volkswagen and Nissan already boast brake overrides systems in a proportion of their cars, and US officials have called for safety regulations to make the systems compulsory in the wake of the Toyota recalls.

The new facelifted Mazda6 is set to go on sale in the UK in April, after the release date was brought forward due to strong demand.