W.A. Police won't buy BA Falcons because of the sequential gear box.
"Fearing possible accidents and litigation, the police have refused to buy any BA Falcons because the manual selection of the automatic gearbox differs from others in the fleet.
The Falcons sequential sports shift transmission changes up through the gears by pulling the lever backwards. That is contrary to most vehicles,one exception being the Toyota MR2.
We are very concerned that drivers may shift the wrong way.
Familiiarisation,called muscle memory,plays a big part in the ability of our officers to drive an operational vehicle"....
The article goes on to say Ford cann't see a problem and NSW and Vic police are buying BA's.
"All race cars using a sequential gear change-including V8 super cars-change up by pushing the lever forward."
Does this mean the W.A. police aren't smart enough to drive a BA. ?
Mr and Mrs Average don't have a problem with the BA box.
So, why should the police ?
VZ Commodore will also have a sequential box next year.
W.A police are looking at buying AWD Magnas