Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
December 9, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed today a new rule that would make all keyless ignition systems operate in the same manner.
The proposed rule would require the system be able to turn off the engine regardless of the position the gear selector is in. The rule would also reduce the number of seconds someone has to hold the button to turn the engine and have an audible warning if the driver tries to shut the motor without first selecting Park.
NHTSA is proposing the rule due to number of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions. In 2002, 5,000 vehicles were equipped with keyless ignitions. In 2008, the number jumped to over 1.2 million vehicles.
NHTSA is also citing the 2009 accident of a Lexus ES330 that killed an off-duty California Highway Patrol and three other people. The Lexus required the driver to hold the button for three seconds before the car turned off.
NHTSA says the cost to implement this feature will be less than $500,000 a year for automakers.
Source: The Detroit News