To further goof-proof its vehicles, Toyota plans to add two new safety features to some 2020 model vehicles.
One prevents rollaway accidents by automatically switching the car to “park” if it is left running.
The other averts carbon monoxide poisoning in an enclosed area like a garage by automatically shutting off the engine if it’s left running.
These features are increasingly important with hybrid cars that sit silent when the gas engine is off, yet the car is not completely shut down.
Toyota lags behind Ford and GM in implementing these features. Consumer Reports believes its policies that downgrade ratings on vehicles lacking such safety checks has led to greater willingness on the part of automakers to add these important features.
This post is based on the Consumer Reports article, Toyota announces fixes designed to prevent rollaway and carbon monoxide deaths, by Jeff Plungis, June 13, 2019; and the YouTube video, AutoComplete: Future Toyotas will be able to shift to Park and shut themselves off if you forget, by Roadshow, June 13, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Continue reading