Keyless cars have a risky downside that has killed dozens of people

Report 28 killed by carbon monoxide after leaving keyless cars running

Report 28 killed by carbon monoxide after leaving keyless cars running

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

The National Highway Safety Administration recommends reading your car's manual for more information about the key fob for your keyless ignition works, never getting out of the auto while it is running and taking the key fob with you every time you leave your Vehicle.

Read the full New York Times report.

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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. This can have dire consequences, as carbon monoxide can fill up a home and silently kill those inside.

According to The Times, there have been at least 28 deaths and 45 injuries caused by carbon monoxide emitted from vehicles with keyless ignitions since 2006. The Globe and Mail wrote about the phenomenon in January 2018, and one expert the Canadian news outlet spoke to quoted a similar number.

A report from the New York Times found that dozens of people have been poisoned by carbon monoxide after failing to shut off the keyless ignition on their vehicles.

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Both the Times and The Globe and Mail believe these numbers are on the conservative side. Dozens of others have been injured, some left with brain damage.

In 2011, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed regulation for warning systems in keyless vehicles.

Keyless ignitions are now standard in over half of cars sold every year.

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The issue first came to the attention of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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