STOP THAT - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: STOP THAT

July 28, 2010

Tell me what's wrong-- besides the shaking and reflection from the big plastic dash-- with this video of our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT?

Jump for the answer.

Figure it out? Note the beeping. Note that the seatbelt is not connected. Note that the CAR IS IN PARK!

More and more vehicles are doing this and the Outlander GT is the latest, and the latest long-termer, to get on my nerves. If the car is in P or if the parking brake is fully set, it's okay if I'm not wearing a seatbelt. I promise. It'll be fine.

Similar to us wanting a smart sensor to tell the nav systems that yes, a passenger is present and can work the navigation system without crashing the car, the infernal beeping of the seatbelt alarm should shut off when the vehicle is stationary and NOT IN A DRIVE GEAR!!

What's next? An omnipresent alarm letting occupants know that they're in a vehicle which may move eventually and which may be dangerous if it's not already dangerous while parked?

Seatbelts = good. This stupid thing = bad.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 1,974 miles

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