Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on May 31, 2016 in Product Liability
Keyless ignition is a common feature of newer automobiles, but this convenient feature could be putting you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, or even death. Since 2009, at least 19 people have died due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from keyless ignition systems.
In addition to the deaths, there have been 25 harmful incidents directly tied to keyless ignition systems.
A Dallas mother recently discovered this hidden danger after unknowingly leaving her minivan, equipped with keyless ignition, running in her closed garage for an hour. Luckily, no one in the home suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.
In vehicles with keyless ignition systems, the key fob must be near in order for the vehicle to start. Drivers push a start/stop button rather than turn a key. The vehicles will not automatically turn off when the key fob is out of range; a fatal flaw.
Pushing for Improved Safety
Safety advocates say automatic shut-off systems need to be in place to save lives. Many drivers mistakenly feel that the vehicle’s key fob serves as an actual key, though they do not function the same. In the past, the key has always needed to be turned to shut off the engine. Now, the key fob plays no part in shutting off the engine.
Some automakers have already implemented a fix: Vehicles will chime as doors open to alert drivers when the engine is still running. Federal regulators are continuing to investigate the safety issues surrounding keyless ignition systems.
Multiple lawsuits against auto manufacturers surrounding keyless ignition system dangers are ongoing. If you or a loved one has been injured or you have lost someone you love due to a faulty product, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free case review with one of our product liability lawyers.