By Laura Tighe, PE
It was a dark and stormy night. I climbed into my Honda CRV and locked the door to foil muggers. I looked for the ignition switch, but it was not visible. There was a small light that was supposed to guide the insertion of the key in the dark. Why was it not lit??? I inserted the key by fumble to start the car and made a mental note to call Honda service and get the light fixed.
Next day I investigated and found that the ignition switch light was connected to the overhead light and it went out when the door was locked. I complained to Honda service that the light should stay on until the key is inserted. What is the point of having a light that is not lit when it is needed? The answer was that that is how it is made - they are all that way.
The monkeys that designed this car compounded their stupidity by making the key light come on when the key is removed!! The monkeys put a switch on the ignition lock to detect the presence of the key and then used it in a spectacularly retarded way. Arrrg!!
To be fair to Honda, I must point out that I rented a Toyota Prius that did the same thing. Perhaps both cars used the same IC logic chip and so got the same mass produced faulty logic. How hard would it have been to wire the lamp directly to the key switch? No IC logic needed to do that, just brains.