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Toyota in Japan is offering to add a plastic cover between the electric parking brake switch and the shift lever. See attached illustration. This is suspiciously worded as a free service campaign. Takes 15 mins to install. Also being reflected in the manual so I gather the cover should ship with all new cars from now on. Someone accidentally hit the brake switch while driving? Anyone anywhere receiving similar notifications?
 

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If You would hit it, the brake should be released. To engage the brake you have to pull it. Can't see how it would cause any trouble if hit while driving.
 

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Perhaps certain types of clothing might catch the brake lever and drag it up?? (eg sleeve with buttons on?).
I have noticed that is a dust trap!!
 

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I suppose that it has something to do with safety regulations in Japan. I think it is a little bit overdone you can still block it special with the items you said prevent lipsticks, pens and other items from blocking the brake switch.
 

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Looks like it has a place now the is perfect designed for putting a lipstick in.. :lol:
 
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