That's not totally true. Maybe the cars but, in the Chrysler minivan you do not have to push the brake pedal to shift from park. Just pull down on the lever. At least that's the way it is in my father in laws 96 Grand Caravan.marks said:thanks opalblue, but that can't be it.
every car sold in the US has to have a safety feature that prevent the car from being shifted out of park without the brake being pressed.
Yea, but buttons sometimes stick or freeze "on". Kids and adults sometimes lean across or bump shift sticks not realizing they've moved it into an unwanted position. I had a grocery sack shift and push my Nissan Pickup out of gear once. Just because some law demands a design detail/safety feature doesn't mean it's a foolproof one. I suspect the gated automatic is a little bit anti-shift insurance and a little marketing and a little engineering. It could simply be that it is WAY EASIER to engineer an auto transmission to shift wthrough a gated pattern than a simple linear pattern. Probably saves parts/money and increases profits.by marks
thanks opalblue, but that can't be it.
every car sold in the US has to have a safety feature that prevent the car from being shifted out of park without the brake being pressed. that's what the button next to the shifter is for, as an override of the safety feature, in case the battery is dead.