Q: While driving, hit start/stop button, instead of radio button

asked by on

Right next to the radio button is my car’s start/stop button. To activate either of these buttons requires pushing on them. Accidentally I hit the engine start/stop button instead of the radio button and all power was lost when the car turned off. No power steering, no brakes, no engine. I had to come to a complete stop, shift to park and then restart. If this had happened on the interstate it could have been tragic. Has anything been created or designed as a cover for the start/stop button to prevent this from happening?

Not that I can find. The Start/Stop button, and how long it must be held to turn the engine off in an emergency is a hot topic. Requiring the driver to hold this button down for 3 seconds could be an eternity in a burning fire scenario. Turning the engine off on the slightest touch may cause the vehicle to stop in traffic when you actually just intended to adjust the radio as you describe. You may want to get in touch with a local Lexus or Toyota representative so that you voice this displeasure.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. While driving, hit start/stop button, instead of radio button

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: recently driving home and went around a corner and my steering became like manual steering..... was out of fluid then replaced ..e

Hello there, you have a few faults going on with your 2003 Mazda Protege5. If there was no power steering fluid in the system than there is a leak somewhere causing the lack of fluid. Putting power steering fluid into...

Q: My car makes a loud noise whrn accelerating in low gear

Doing some research, it looks like this is a fairly common problem, all signs point to the driveshaft being the cause. The driveshaft connects the transmission, or transfer case, to the drive wheels. The noise is most likely caused by...

Q: Power window slow to go up

Hello, it sounds like you might have one of two possible causes for a window rising slowly. The electric motor could be getting weak, making it unable to lift the window. The other is that the window regulator is binding...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...