Keyless Cars May Be Causing Deaths, According To New Report

Keyless Cars May Be Causing Deaths, According To New Report

"We're aware of 25 deaths involving carbon monoxide in motor vehicles with keyless ignitions which have been left running unintentionally in an enclosed space", Sean Kane, founder and president of Massachusetts-based consulting firm Safety Research and Strategies Inc., told The Globe and Mail. No inserting and turning of a key is required to start the ignition.

It's hard to put a number on the keyless cars causing deaths due to carbon monoxide as no central agency controls such statistics, but it's clear that it's enough of a problem to be mentioned.

In 2011, the Society of Automotive Engineers recommended that automakers include visual or sonic warnings to alert drivers who leave their vehicles running without a key fob inside.

Read the full New York Times report.

The convenience of the keyless cars may not be worth it if they are causing deaths, however, and there have been a non-insignificant number of injuries reported.

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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.

Keyless cars have a unsafe downside.

Each year, 17 million new cars are sold in the United States.

According to a New York Times report published on Sunday, dozens of people have died or been injured by carbon monoxide emitted from keyless-ignition vehicles, but regulations aimed at addressing the phenomenon have stalled.

Isn't the easiest fix to this isolated problem for the cars to automatically turn off after a set number of minutes when being idle?

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