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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.

About HKQ Law

HKQ Law is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nine attorneys at HKQ Law were recently named to the 2019 Best Lawyers List and has been designated a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury, medical malpractice litigation labor law and corporate law in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history on behalf of injured clients. The firm was also recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A. Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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