I thought a "neutral safety switch" was for an automatic transmission. An
"interlock switch" (located at the clutch pedal) is for a manual
transmission. Both prevent starting of the car in gear yada...
www.hondaautomotiveparts.com indicates manual transmission Accords started
having the interlock switch about 1990. Civics, about 1992. Though I think
my 91 Civic has one, and my Chilton's manual suggests Civics earlier than
1992 have them.
Its odd but if you're going to start the car in neutral accidentally
often enoug for it to be a problem, HOW did you pass your test?
I've had an occasion or two when I've been very glad I could start my
car in gear, A helpfull addition to a push when you're on your own. Of
course, much harder with left hand drive cars, as the key isn't next
to the window.
In fact, i seem to recall that this method is in the highway code (the
UK govt 'driving manual') as an emergency procedure to help move the
car to a safe position. Sure, its not great for your starter, but
they're reletively cheap to replace, and if it helps avoid a nasty
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