A consumer report article begins with the sentence, “In a striking example of the law of unintended consequences, a popular automotive convenience feature, push-button start, can lead to accidental death from carbon-monoxide poisoning.”
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) complaint database suggests a growing pattern of keyless-start-related mishaps, ranging from a loss of engine power to apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.
The danger from carbon monoxide can arise if a driver inadvertently leaves the car running when exiting the vehicle, and with vehicles equipped with push button starters
It is a relatively easy thing to do, intentionally or accidentally. Drivers are forgetting to switch off the engine after parking their vehicle in their garage, even though these systems are supposed to alert drivers when the key fob is removed from the cabin while the engine is running. If the car is parked in a garage attached to a house, carbon monoxide fumes from the idling engine may get into the living area and create a serious problem.
I have experienced a similar scenario. I left my vehicle thinking I had shut it off, only to come back to the vehicle an hour later to find the engine still running.
Reports have linked more than a dozen carbon-monoxide deaths to keyless ignitions, and now, there are lawsuits pending. ISDA suggests that both security drivers and executives take extra caution to ensure that the vehicle’s engine is shut off before they leave the vehicle.
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