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'Panic Button' in Cars Might Save Lives
Recognzing this, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has proposed standardizing the way drivers turn their vehicles' engines on and off. Pushing the new "panic button" would cut off the engine after one-half second. The agency hopes adding the engine shutoff button would prevent confusion on how to stop eany vehicle, especially for people who rent cars or experience accidents or emergencies in vehicles they have just purchased.
Shutoff buttons already exist in many Ford, Chevy, Lexus and Mercedes vehicles, but all models work slightly differently. The standardization NHTSA calls for would eliminate a lot of the panicked thinking during emergencies. Just as lawmakers in the 1980s worked to make seat belts a standard feature in all vehicles, this panic button should be a feature in every car on the road.