Major Automakers to Announce Pact to Install Auto-Braking Systems by 2022

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A mechanic drains the oil from the engine of a "clunker" that is being permanently disabled as part of the U.S. government's "Cash for Clunkers" program at Clark Chrysler Jeep dealership in Methuen, Massachusetts August 7, 2009. On Friday U.S. ... President Barack Obama signed into law a bill extending the "cash for clunkers" auto incentives program. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)

Major automakers will announce Thursday they have agreed to install automatic emergency braking systems in nearly all vehicles by September 2022, three sources briefed on the plans said.

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in September a deal in principle with 10 automakers to eventually add the technology to prevent thousands of crashes a year. The final agreement includes additional automakers and will be unveiled at a press conference in McLean, Va., at a government press conference.

The final agreement includes automakers representing more than 99 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales. Among those joining the deal are Toyota Motor Corp, General Motors Co , Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , Honda Motor Co and Volkswagen AG .

Automatic emergency braking includes systems designed to prevent crashes in which drivers do not apply the brakes or fail to apply enough braking power to avoid a collision.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)