Kia Sportage: Automatic transaxle operation / Ignition key interlock system

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2020) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Automatic transaxle / Automatic transaxle operation / Ignition key interlock system

The ignition key cannot be removed unless the shift lever is in the P (Park) position. Even if the ignition switch is in the LOCK position, the key cannot be removed.

If your vehicle is equipped with ENGINE START/STOP button, the button will not change to the OFF position unless the shift lever is in the P (Park) position.

Shift lock system
For your safety, the automatic transaxle has a shift lock system which prevents shifting the transaxle from P (Park) into R (Reverse) unless the brake pedal is depressed. To shift the transaxle f ...

Good driving practices
Never move the gear shift lever from P (Park) to any other position with the accelerator pedal depressed. Never move the gear shift lever into P (Park) when the vehicle is in motion. Slow do ...

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