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Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday launched a sensor-based device that is designed to prevent crashes caused by the misapplication of pedals in older types of its Prius and Aqua series of vehicles that do not have an automatic braking system.

Confusing the brake pedal with the accelerator accounted for 6.2 percent of fatal car crashes caused by drivers aged 75 or older last year, according to the National Police Agency, as pedal misapplication has become a major domestic traffic safety concern due to an aging population.

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