Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Keyless Cars May Be Causing Deaths, According To New Report

Keyless Cars May Be Causing Deaths, According To New Report

While convenient, keyless cars can sometimes have a deadly effect, according to a report from the New York Times. Unfortunately, there's a risky downside, which The New York Times recently discovered. Of those, over half come with a keyless ignition system. This can have dire consequences, as carbon monoxide can fill up a home and silently kill those inside.

Keyless cars are becoming more and more common in arms around the world, and consist of a vehicle carried by the user that allows them to start the auto with a press of a button that is linked to the fob rather than having to put the key in the ignition themselves.

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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Though the government does not track the number of people who have died from leaving their cars on, the Times counted 28 deaths since 2006.

Both the Times and The Globe and Mail believe these numbers are on the conservative side.

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". Dozens others have gotten sick, some left with brain damage.

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While automakers have installed warning systems into their keyless-ignition vehicles voluntarily, there is no universal standard among the systems.

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

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