Toyota Motor Corporation revealed the latest safety features intended to avert rollaways and to and carbon monoxide death which linked to motorist injuries and deaths over the past 10 years.
The Toyota carmaker said that it will set up a new automatic-park feature designed to lessen the risk of a vehicle rolling away once a costumer forgets to park. It also guarantees that engines will shut off automatic once it left running.
Since 2017, Consumer Reports has lessened cars Overall Score in ratings if there’s an electronic gear selector that doesn’t have safety shutoffs, Shawn Sinclair, an automotive engineer at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center in Connecticut said.
“Since we started tracking this and reducing vehicle scores, a number of automakers have responded and made changes,” Sinclair said. “This shows there are relatively simple, cost-effective measures available that could save lives.”
The Consumer Report checks the vehicles to ensure that they automatically go into Park if the engine is running while the driver’s seatbelt is disconnected and when the door is open. It also checks if the cars go into Park and when the ignition is off however the car stays in a gear.
Toyota Motor Corporation’s also launched fix, to lessen the possibility of carbon monoxide intoxication, it reports after the death of some Toyota owners. There is one case on this year which a senior Colorado couple was killed in their home after them leaving 2017 Toyota Avalon running their garage by mistake.
An American attorney and politician senators announced regulation previous this year that would force carmakers to apply anti-rollaway and engine shut-off technology. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a year ago, the senators expected that carmakers could enhance engine shut-off capability for almost $5 per car.
“Safety Research and Strategies, based in Rehoboth, Mass., says it has tracked 37 carbon-monoxide deaths that are linked to keyless ignitions. In 17 of those cases, the victims were Toyota owners”, said Sean Kane, the group’s founder and president.
“Models with keyless ignitions usually have the necessary hardware to include an automatic shutoff, and the safety feature can often be added through a software update”, Kane added.
“NHTSA considered a regulatory requirement in 2011 that would have added warnings for consumers if their vehicles were left running. The agency backed off the proposal after being criticized by automakers and consumer groups.”
“Automakers wanted the flexibility to design their own consumer warnings, while consumer groups were pushing for systems that would not just warn motorists but also shut down the engine,” he said.
According to Kane, the Japanese multinational automotive Toyota should be admired for making the fix, however it happens 13 years after the first accident carbon-monoxide death. By contrast in 2012 the Ford and GM pulled out similar features. Kane pointed out that the Chevrolet currently reminded the Volt plug-in hybrid after one customer complaint.
“While this is important progress, it leaves millions of vehicles on the road with designs that induce errors that can lead to deaths and injuries,” Kane said. “It's no substitute for regulation ensuring all vehicles have these safety features.”
In a written press letter wrote by Toyota that the new features show Toyota’s guarantee safety.