Toyota Motor Corp president Akio Toyoda announced on Wednesday that the automaker would install a brake override system in all new vehicles to rebuild trust after a string of global recalls in recent months.

When a driver steps on both the accelerator and brake pedals, the system is to let the brake function to kick in first, the automaker said.

Toyota said they expected to repair up to 80 per cent of Prius hybrids that were affected by the brake problems by end of February.

Meanwhile, Toyoda suggested he was unlikely to testify before a US congressional committee investigating problems that caused global recalls of Toyota vehicles.

He told reporters Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc president Yoshimi Inaba, who is scheduled to sit on the hearings next week, is the “best” person to speak.

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