Gen III Prius ~ EMERGENCY TURN OFF! Hi Folks! I'm an enthusiastic new "Turned-ON" Prius owner, that has become concerned about how to Turn (Her) OFF, in an emergency! ~ A few thoughts from a new PriusChat member, as well to the Gen III Prius and a keyless entry/operation vehicle. The recent tragic accident of a CA Highway Patrol Officer and his family in San Diego prompts the question: What CAN be done to disengage the Prius keyless operation drivetrain and safely bring the vehicle to a stop? A quick check with local Toyota dealers, which I have tried and confirmed in my Gen III vehicle, suggests the following possible options: * Option #1. Simply shift the car into NEUTRAL, by moving the shift lever to the LEFT and HOLD it there until the car comes out of DRIVE. The shift to neutral occurs quite rapidly, but you have to REMEMBER to purposely hold the shift lever LEFT, overcoming it's normal spring-loaded rest position. ... Just quickly moving the shift lever left and NOT holding it there, will NOT result in shifting the car to neutral. Option #2. Turn the Prius OFF by PUSHING the POWER Button IN and HOLDING it IN for at least THREE SECONDS! The power train will then shut down and you can bring the car to a stop using the brakes, as normal BUT, BE AWARE, the power steering will also be OFF, which results in steering being somewhat difficult and sluggish, but certainly manageable. Please note that if you turn your Gen III OFF while moving, your Multi-Information Display will indicate "Shift to P Position".** Of course all of the above presumes that the ignition; drivetrain and shifting sensors of the keyless vehicle you are driving are all working properly. Links to the tragic accident referenced above indicate a possible problem with the accelerator pedal being impeded by all-weather floor mats. One cannot help but empathize with the horrific circumstances the Sayor family found themselves in. If, in the final analysis, no vehicle control, electrical or mechanical faults are discovered to have caused the accident, a driver or passenger knowing how to put the vehicle in neutral or turn off the power is valuable, possibly life-saving information. My guess is that most Prius owners are NOT aware of these simple emergency procedures. Best Wishes for many safe Prius miles, to all! ~ Aquanaut * ... I do NOT know if these procedures apply to either the 1st or 2nd generation Prius models. ** ... Being more interested in bringing the vehicle to a safe stop, I chose NOT attempting to shift to PARK UNTIL fully stopped! Friends have guessed that, in spite of the display indication, the Prius might not shift into park while moving, - but none of them were willing to try it either! Something about the intersection of my original intent to stop the car safely and common sense tells me to let Toyota test when to actually shift into park vs. when their computer indicates to do so!!