Toyota has modified its power buttons in several of its vehicles to allow for a quicker shut down process in a case of unintended acceleration or in a panic situation.
The change was implemented quietly by the Japanese automaker over a year ago, allowing owners to turn off their vehicles after three quick pushes or a two-second hold down. Previously, owners had to hold down the button for three seconds before the vehicle would turn off.
According to the automaker, all Toyota and Lexus vehicles manufactures after August 2010 have had their buttons modified to turn off their vehicles after three quick pushes. The two-second hold down hasn’t applied to all models across the lineup, though the Japanese automaker didn’t specify which ones haven’t received the change. The two-second shut off began rolling out a year ago.
The changes came as a result of recommendations made by a committee from the SAE.
[Source: USA Today]
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