NHTSA addresses keyless ignition systems
The proposed rule would standardize the length of time required to push a keyless control that shuts off the vehicle’s engine or propulsion system to a half-second, and would require that engines or propulsion systems shut down in one full second.
The NPRM came following recent complaints to NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation regarding crashes due to unintended acceleration. At issue, the agency said, is drivers’ inability to stop a moving vehicle in a panic situation.
Additionally, the proposed rule would mandate that an audible warning for keyless ignition vehicles be provided during each of the following instances:
- If a user attempts to turn off the engine or propulsion system without first shifting into park
- If a user attempts to exit a vehicle without first shifting the gear to park
- If a user attempts to exit a vehicle without first turning off the engine or propulsion system
Comments on the NPRM are due March 12.