Keyless cars blamed for dozens of carbon monoxide deaths

Keyless cars blamed for dozens of carbon monoxide deaths

Keyless cars blamed for dozens of carbon monoxide deaths

A class-action lawsuit linked to carbon monoxide deaths and keyless cars was dismissed by a NY judge in 2016.

Keyless-ignition cars offer the convince of not having to worry about using a physical key to start and stop the vehicle.

The New York Times number comes from a variety of sources, including news reports, lawsuits, and police and fire records that have been tracked by advocacy groups. This can have dire consequences, as carbon monoxide can fill up a home and silently kill those inside.

It seems like a common convenience in a digital age: a vehicle that can be powered on and off with the push of a button, rather than the mechanical turning of a key. Of those, over half come with a keyless ignition system.

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At least 28 people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2006 because drivers forgot to turn off the ignition, according to a Sunday report in the New York Times.

Both the Times and The Globe and Mail believe these numbers are on the conservative side. Dozens others have gotten sick, some left with brain damage. To date, although automobile makers have installed warning systems into their keyless-ignition cars voluntarily, there are no universe standards for each system. Ford's keyless-ignition vehicles will shut off if the key fob is not detected in the vehicle for 30 minutes, while Fiat Chrysler and Mazda vehicles will alert drivers when the key fob is not inside a running auto, but will not automatically turn it off.

In terms of fixes to this issue, Kane told The Globe and Mail that "engineering out the problem rather than warning about it is the preferred method to mitigate a hazard".

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