Auto safety experts want legislation mandating that automakers install automatic engine shutoffs — along with software that would make a car immobile if a driver left it in gear. Since 2005, 37 people have died by unknowingly leaving their vehicles running in their attached garage, according to data from Safety Research & Strategies Inc., which specializes in car safety. Such technology exists, and some carmakers, including the Detroit Three, offer versions of the safety technology on most of their vehicles. Toyota announced this week that it will add automatic engine shutoff and automatic park technology to its 2020 model year lineup in North America.
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From the Texas Trial Lawyers Association news release.