GM Cars: No seatbelt? AT won’t shift out of
This new feature will not allow drivers to shift their AT vehicles out of ‘Park mode’ until the seat belt is properly buckled in.
General Motors will soon be introducing a new ‘Buckle-to-drive’ feature across a number of its models. This new feature will not allow drivers to shift their AT vehicles out of ‘Park mode’ until the seat belt is properly buckled in.
According to a media report, the feature was introduced as part of its ‘Teen Driver mode’ back in 2019. However, the company will now introduce it as a standard safety feature across a number of its 2022 SUVs and full-size trucks, such as the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Reports also suggest that the company could further expand the safety feature in 2023, enforcing even the front passenger to buckle up as well.
As per the reports, the buckle-to-drive feature will not allow drivers to shift out of the Park mode until they buckle up their seat belts. Once the ignition is on, the feature will provide audible chimes and a message on the MID, reminding drivers to buckle up. Also, while drivers will be able to switch off the feature, it will be switched back on again automatically at each ignition cycle.
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