I a have a 2002 Sebring automatic. Up until owning it, every automatic I’ve driven, including many old rust buckets from the 80s, is if the car isn’t in park, it won’t let you take the key out of the ignition.
However, this car seems to lack that feature. WHY?
Today I came home, and my cat was outside laying right behind where I park in a odd position like road kill, and looking really flat. I panicked and thought I ran over my kitty.:eek:
Well I stop the car, think I put it in park, yank the key out, rush over, and find my cat’s just being a butt. She’s fine, just got out some how, and trying to deal with the heat. Relieved, I take her inside, pet her a bit, and all of a sudden THUD!
I rush out to see that: my car, instead of remaining parked, had silently started rolling; apparently it wasn’t quite in park. In the slight incline between the driveway and the house it picked up enough speed, while silent rolling through where I was just standing with my cat, and my back turned to it, to mangle a pair of post hole cutters propped up against the house it struck.
Now the bumper is all scratched up, the post hole cutters are trashed and I’m pretty shaken up!
IT COULD HAVE RAN RIGHT OVER ME, AND MY CAT, AND I WOULD HAVE NEVER HEARD IT COMING. Why the FUCK would you make a car like that when such a simple piece of safety equipment can prevent that?! WHAT POSSIBLE REASON COULD THEY HAVE FOR THIS?.
There has to be something. They really don’t give engineering jobs to people so stupid, do they? If it had been parked around a hill’s edge it could have killed somebody. Hell from the post hole diggers, it could have taken me out if I’d have lingered bent over a bit.
Just so we’re clear. The GQ is why wouldn’t you make extracting the key from the ignition dependent on having the automatic transmission in park?