One of the problems with automatic transmissions is that if you leave the key in the ignition and turn it enough to use the radio or roll the windows up/down, its easy to shift out of park by moving the gear selector. This the dreaded “Vehicle Rollaway” problem and its especially been a problem with kids playing in the car.With the key in the ignition, automatic transmissions may be shifted out of park even with the engine off, even if there is no foot on the brake. If you leave a child alone in a car, it can be pretty easy for a child to unintentionally set the car in motion!
Many cars manufactured after 2007 have what is called BTSI, which is a safety mechanism intended to prevent children from accidentally setting the car in motion.
From September 2010 on, all cars with automatic transmission will have BTSI built in.
Meanwhile for the rest of us, here are some tips to consider:
– Never leave young kids in the car with the keys
– Keep vehicle locked when unattended
– Engage emergency brakes everytime you park, even if you’re not parked on a hill
If you’d like to find out if your prospective vehicle from our lot has BTSI, ask us and we’ll find out for you!