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There are concerns about the safety of button start cars because of the complicated systems that they use. This may mean federal agencies will be doing car safety checks eventually.
The number of models that are started with a button rather than a key as standard or optional equipment has quadrupled in the last five years. With the numbers of button start cars growing, consumers need to become more educated about how the new technology works.
While the button start cars seem simple enough, the Los Angeles Times reports that most drivers do not fully understand how the push button start systems work. When drivers do not understand how to turn off their car in the middle of an emergency, it can quickly turn into trouble.
While most car keys work the same, the new car push button technology works differently depending on the make and model of the car. Some make and models require the driver to push down the button for one second; others requires a full three. Sometimes pushing down the button does not work. Some cars require the driver to tap the button a few times in order to shut down.
So what can you do as a consumer?
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