Keyless Cars May Be Causing Deaths, According To New Report

A keyless ignition button is seen in a file

It may be hard to arrive at some sort of body that can regulate keyless cars, but the New York Times report makes it clear that this is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. 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.

It seems like a common convenience in a digital age: a auto that can be powered on and off with the push of a button, rather than the mechanical turning of a key. But a wireless key opens the possibility for a driver to exit a vehicle with the key without turning it off. Unfortunately, there's a risky downside, which The New York Times recently discovered. The result: carbon monoxide doing great harm in both garages and homes. In addition to the more than 28 people who have died due to the ignition issues, more than 45 have been injured.

The New York Times reported Sunday that at least 20 deaths have been linked to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by cars left idling in garages when their drivers thought their engines were off.

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According to a spokesman for Toyota in an interview with the BBC, "Customer safety is always our priority and Toyota's Smart Key System has and continues to meet or exceed all relevant safety standards". To date, although automobile makers have installed warning systems into their keyless-ignition cars voluntarily, there are no universe standards for each system.

In terms of fixes to this issue, Kane told The Globe and Mail that "engineering out the problem rather than warning about it is the preferred method to mitigate a hazard".

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