Keyless-ignition cars are killing people

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"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. If a driver leaves a vehicle running in a garage, the vehicle could emit enough carbon monoxide - which doesn't have a color or scent - to kill the driver if the driver's home is connected to its garage.

According to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), they had published safety recommendations for keyless cars back in 2011.

Read the full New York Times report. In addition to the more than 28 people who have died due to the ignition issues, more than 45 have been injured.

The convenience of the keyless cars may not be worth it if they are causing deaths, however, and there have been a non-insignificant number of injuries reported.


Keyless ignition systems that use start buttons to let drivers to leave key fobs in their pockets provide a lot of convenience, but a new report sheds light on a failed government effort to prevent users from accidentally leaving their cars on.

While automakers have installed warning systems into their keyless-ignition vehicles voluntarily, there is no universal standard among the systems. That way, the engine turns off, thereby removing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Different auto manufacturers have different sets of safety systems.

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

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