The keyless ignition system is a high-tech feature available on some cars that provides convenience and ease to drivers. With it, drivers can start their cars with the push of a button, as long as the key fob is in their purse or pocket. Reaction to the feature is generally positive—the technology is cutting-edge and drivers love not having to dig around to find their keys. However, there is a hidden danger behind the feature that no one seemed to foresee.
In order to turn the car off, it is not enough to simply exit the car with the fob. Drivers must push the button to stop the engine. Since there is no key to remove and take with you, many drivers either forget this step or assume the car will turn off on its own. If the car is parked in a garage and continues to run, deadly carbon monoxide gas can seep into the house and poison the unsuspecting people inside. In fact, 13 deaths and many more injuries have been attributed to just this scenario.
Preventing This Danger to Protect Families
While legal action has been taken in these individual incidents, a class action lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles district court in order to hold all automakers accountable for this potential danger. The suit alleges that, in most car models, the system is defective in that it does not include an automatic shut-off feature to prevent the car from continuing to run. While some automakers have recently added this feature, most have not issued a recall to fix previous models. Automakers named in the lawsuit include:
- General Motors
If your car has a keyless ignition, you may want to have a reminder system in place to protect yourself and your family. A note on the door into the house from your garage reminding you to make sure the car is off could save a life. Share this news with loved ones via Facebook or Twitter to alert them to this potential danger.