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The Dangers of Keyless Ignition Systems

Attorney Nicole Santo, Personal Injury Lawyer Wilkes Barre PAMost new cars are now equipped with keyless ignition systems, which means gone are the days of drivers digging in their pockets or purses to find their keys. However, this convenient technology has also been linked to some deadly consequences, specifically when drivers forget to push the ignition button twice to shut off their vehicle when parked in a garage. If a vehicle is left idling in a garage, carbon monoxide can quickly build, and eventually seep into the home. At least four (4) individuals have died because of this in the last year. Experts have suggested the implementation of automatic engine shut offs or the sounding of an alarm when a vehicle has been idling for an extended period of time. Some Ford and Chevrolet models already have automatic shut offs. In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identified the aforesaid issue as a “clear safety problem,” and issued a proposed rule to require alarm systems in vehicles with keyless ignition system, however, five (5) years later, the proposed rule has not yet been finalized, and NHTSA is still investigating the issue. If your vehicle has a keyless ignition system, always remember to push the ignition button twice before getting out of your vehicle, especially when parked in a garage. In the event you leave your vehicle idling in your garage, and begin to experience symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, confusion, and/or shortness of breath, dial 911 immediately.