Many vehicles now come equipped with keyless ignitions that allow drivers
to start their cars with the press of a button. While the new technology
may be convenient, it could also pose serious risks.
As reported by
ABC News, vehicles with keyless ignitions allow drivers to press a button to start
their engines rather than inserting a key. To shut off the car, they must
manually press the button again. The problem is that sometimes drivers
forget to press the button and unknowingly leave the vehicles running.
To date, at least 13 people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning after
failing to manually shut off their engines, while many others have suffered
close calls. As set forth in a recently filed California lawsuit, “Reasonable
drivers mistakenly believe that removing the Keyless Fob from the vehicle
turns off the engine.”
Despite the fatalities, automakers have failed to install additional safety
measures. “For years the Automakers have known about the deadly
consequences that can result when a driver exits a vehicle without the
keyless fob and without having depressed the Start/Stop button. Nevertheless,
even though an Auto-Off feature can be implemented without significant
effort or cost, the Automakers have refused to act,” the suit alleges.
While some auto manufacturers have implemented new safety features in later
models, they have not recalled older vehicles that do not have an auto-off
feature. The suit further maintains that carmakers continue to conceal
the safety risks by failing to include warnings in vehicle manuals or
We will continue to track the status of the suit and will post updates
as they become available.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.