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Agency Wants All Keyless Cars to Stop the Same Way

WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to standardize the operation of controls used to stop a vehicle's engine or other propulsion system when a physical key is not used.

The NHTSA also plans to require that an audible warning be given to any driver who: Attempts to shut down the propulsion system without first moving the gear selection control to the "park" position (for vehicles with a "park" position); exits a vehicle without having first moved the gear selection control to "park" (for vehicles with a "park" position), or exits a vehicle without first turning off the propulsion system.

The NHTSA, which is part of the Transportation Department, is making this move to address safety issues arising from "increasing variations of keyless ignition controls, and the operation of those controls."

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