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Date registered: Oct 2009
Vehicle: 00 E55, 09 SL63, 96 P993T
Location: Left coast
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Emergency stop (engine off) with Keyless Go?
I just finished reading the LA Times article today (10/18/09) regarding the runaway Lexus ES350 that went into unintended acceleration (up to 120mph) while driven by an experienced driver (19 year CHP veteran) and crashed killing all four of its occupants.
According to the article the involved Lexus ES350 has keyless ignition (similar to the MB Keyless Go or BMW Comfort Access etc. .etc) which prevent easily turning off the engine while driving. In the case of the Lexus, it requires continues holding the start/off button for 3 seconds to kill the engine in emergency situation.
What is the Mercedes procedure to turn off the engine while driving (in the case of emergency situation such as the unintended acceleration above). I tried to look in the car manual but could not find any reference to that case.
On a similar note with regard to the Lexus incident above, the driver (the veteran CHP officer) informed the 911 operator that the car has no brake, which according to the preliminary analysis is possibly due to the insufficient power brake assist (vacumn powered) under wide open throttle.
My question on the above case was wouldn't the activation of the brake reduce/close the throttle by means of the drive by wire (DBW) mechanism (in the case of cars equipped with DBW)
Any thoughts guy??
I have both BMW with Comfort Access and MB with Keyless Go and on both manual it does not say whether I can or cannot turn off the engine while driving under emergency situation.