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Keyless Cars Can Have Deadly Consequences

Keyless Cars Can Have Deadly Consequences”

"We're aware of 25 deaths involving carbon monoxide in motor vehicles with keyless ignitions which have been left running unintentionally in an enclosed space", Sean Kane, founder and president of Massachusetts-based consulting firm Safety Research and Strategies Inc., told The Globe and Mail. But a wireless key opens the possibility for a driver to exit a auto with the key without turning it off. By 2011, the engineering group issued a report calling on automakers to install an "externally audible or visual alert" when all doors are closed, the key fob is not present and the engine is still running. "It is up to the manufacturers to use them where required".

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced in vehicle exhaust.

Though the government does not track the number of people who have died from leaving their cars on, the Times counted 28 deaths since 2006.

According to the report, those with keyless cars sometimes mistakingly believe their vehicles are off after parking them.

Keyless ignitions are now standard in over half of cars sold every year.

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Keyless cars have a unsafe downside.

According to a spokesman for Toyota in an interview with the BBC, "Customer safety is always our priority and Toyota's Smart Key System has and continues to meet or exceed all relevant safety standards".

However, that suit was dismissed by a judge in 2016.

A class-action lawsuit linked to carbon monoxide deaths and keyless cars was dismissed by a NY judge in 2016. While the numbers of deaths are small in the grand scheme of things, it's still too many for a problem that could be avoided and the expense of a little convenience.



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