We’re as keen as anyone to see car manufacturers to find new ways of stopping car thieves — but perhaps Toyota’s new stance is a bit too hardcore!

For the Japanese giant has patented a device that dispenses TEAR GAS into the vehicle when it detects it’s being broken into. It can detect when the vehicle has been accessed by a criminal and then releases a toxic spray into the cabin in an attempt to immobilise the thief.

The patent was issued by the Japanese car brand last summer and was recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The system is a new mode of anti-theft device designed to tackle vehicle crime, which has increased in recent years due to a spate of keyless thefts using remote technology to access vehicles.

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