Kia to equip all NZ vehicles with brake over-ride feature

Kia to equip all NZ vehicles with brake over-ride feature

Going into 2011 all new Kia vehicles sold in NZ are to be equipped with a safety feature that enables the driver to use the brake, even if the accelerator is jammed.

The move is a preemptive response to an issue that was raised globally when some Toyota models were claimed to have accelerated out of control and crashed.

Kia Motors are adding a Brake Over-ride System to all their petrol models for passenger vehicles being built for delivery in 2011, including those sold in the New Zealand market. Although around the globe recently produced Kia diesel vehicles already have the system as standard, all New Zealand Kia diesel engine’d passenger cars since 2005 have BORS fitted. The Brake Over Ride System enables the driver to brake and bring the car safely to a halt, even if the accelerator becomes stuck for any reason.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says “The decision reinforces that Kia Motors in New Zealand doesn’t compromise on safety features in our cars, including attributes like side curtain airbags and Electronic Stability programme.”

“Even though no Kia vehicles have been implicated in the unintended acceleration issue in the US, Kia Motors wants to re-assure buyers that its new vehicles will have the additional Brake Over-ride safety feature enabling the driver to have full braking control,” says Mr McDonald.

To find out more about Kia’s model range in NZ, click here to visit the Kia NZ website.

To read Car and SUV reviews of Kia’s latest models available in NZ, click here.

Going into 2011 all new Kia vehicles sold in NZ are to be equipped with a safety feature that enables the driver to use the brake, even if the accelerator is jammed.

The move is a preemptive response to an issue that was raised globally when some Toyota models were claimed to have accelerated out of control and crashed.

Kia Motors are adding a Brake Over-ride System to all their petrol models for passenger vehicles being built for delivery in 2011, including those sold in the New Zealand market. Although around the globe recently produced Kia diesel vehicles already have the system as standard, all New Zealand Kia diesel engine’d passenger cars since 2005 have BORS fitted. The Brake Over Ride System enables the driver to brake and bring the car safely to a halt, even if the accelerator becomes stuck for any reason.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says “The decision reinforces that Kia Motors in New Zealand doesn’t compromise on safety features in our cars, including attributes like side curtain airbags and Electronic Stability programme.”

“Even though no Kia vehicles have been implicated in the unintended acceleration issue in the US, Kia Motors wants to re-assure buyers that its new vehicles will have the additional Brake Over-ride safety feature enabling the driver to have full braking control,” says Mr McDonald.

To find out more about Kia’s model range in NZ, click here to visit the Kia NZ website.

To read Car and SUV reviews of Kia’s latest models available in NZ, click here.

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