Fed to likely standardize keyless ignition systems

Push Button Start/Stop
Push Button Start/Stop

Toyota’s massive unintended acceleration recall has brought to life a bunch of safety issues. A new federal plan may now require automakers to standardize keyless ignition systems in the wake of Toyota’s unintended acceleration problems, according to an automaker group said.

A large number of automakers, except Toyota, said they already comply with the guidelines put together by the SAE International. Others said they plan on complying.

The number of vehicles offered with keyless ignition by automakers has more than quadrupled to 189 in the 2011 model year. Vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus all offer the feature.

“The industry realizes it needs standardization,” said SAE engineering specialist Peter Byk. The SAE guidlines call for drivers to be bale to stop a moving vehicle with a ‘long push’ of the ignition button or with two-to-three short pushes.

– By: Omar Rana

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Source: Automotive News