Keyless cars blamed for dozens of carbon monoxide deaths

"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. Of those, over half come with a keyless ignition system.

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.

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

The Society of Automotive Engineers has called for automakers to install safety features, like beeps, to warn drivers if their vehicles are still running.

A number of manufacturers have implemented a safeguard to help ensure that users are aware that their keyless auto is still running in hopes that they could avoid abusing deaths, but the problem remains an issue.

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.

Three years ago, there was a class action lawsuit linked to carbon monoxide deaths and keyless cars.

Drivers of keyless-ignition cars use wireless key fobs, rather than conventional keys, that allow them to lock, unlock, or start their vehicles. Unfortunately, there's a unsafe downside, which The New York Times recently discovered.

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