Keyless-ignition cars are killing people

Report 28 killed by carbon monoxide after leaving keyless cars running

A new report from the New York Times suggests that keyless cars are responsible for causing the deaths of dozens of people since 2006. No inserting and turning of a key is required to start the ignition. 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.

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.

More than half of the 17 million vehicles sold annually in the United States now have keyless ignitions, so when you considering the huge amount of vehicles the numbers of deaths seem pretty small - still, it's significant enough to take note of, especially in order to avoid similar mistakes that could end up causing deaths.

Keyless cars have a risky downside.

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


While convenient, keyless cars can sometimes have a deadly effect, according to a report from the New York Times. Keyless ignition allows drivers to start their cars with the press of a button while an electronic key fob remains in their pocket or purse.

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.

Isn't the easiest fix to this isolated problem for the cars to automatically turn off after a set number of minutes when being idle?

Some drivers, however, according to the New York Times-potentially accustomed to thinking their vehicle is off, if they have the keys with them-are getting out of the auto while the engine is still running.

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