NHTSA Says New Emergency Stop for Keyless Ignition Likely Coming


U.S. safety watchdog groups are calling for a standardized way of shutting down engines in cars with keyless ignitions when in an emergency situation. The group says new vehicles, or those borrowed and rented from another party,  may be unfamiliar to drivers. In that instance, having a standardized protocol for starting and stopping the vehicle could improve safety.

The new proposed rule comes after Toyota was investigated (and cleared) for unintended acceleration when the driver of a borrowed Lexus ES350 didn’t know how to turn off the vehicle.

“These are the kinds of things you never think to read up on when you’re in a new vehicle or a rental vehicle,” Henry Jasny, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, told Bloomberg. “It’s better that it’s standardized.”

The new rule would make the length of time a driver has to hold the stop button down the same for all vehicles. The watchdog group is asking for half-second to be the norm.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the proposed rule will cost automakers than $500,000 a year to implement. A recalibration of the electronics would likely be all that’s needed instead of all-new hardware. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on December 12.

Source: Bloomberg

Man, the number of laws the NHTSA has to come up with to deal with the moronic driving population in the US. Every decade, and "unintended acceleration" investigation concludes nothing but dumbasses at the wheel. First it was Audi in the 80s, then Toyota. The rest of the world drives the same cars, without any of these problems.

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