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Keyless Vehicle Ignitions Pose Deadly Hazard

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Mario Rosales2 years ago

A deadly carbon monoxide hazard had been linked to keyless ignitions in certain automobiles. Major auto makers have not issued a recall and they are facing intense pressure from lawsuits.

13 Deaths Associated with Keyless Ignitions

ABC News reports that a lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles Federal Court on behalf of drivers that have been victims of the ignition defect.  

These automobiles pose a deadly safety hazard because the keyless engines stay on even if the driver forgets or fails to push the on/off button, this problem has posed a carbon monoxide hazard.  Several news outlets report that there have been at least 13 deaths linked to carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The lawsuit that was filed last Wednesday argues that the automakers should have been aware of the deadly risk and they should have developed the proper solution.  The suit also claims that the auto companies have refused to act.

Several complaints have been filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

About the Keyless Ignition Lawsuits

  • The defendants are Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, General Motors, BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, and Kia.
  • Some of the cars where equipped with audible alerts that let the driver know that the engine is still on if the key fob is away from the vehicle.
  • There have been previous lawsuits brought by victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, some of which have been settled.
Specific Instances Cited in Lawsuits

All of the following information was provided by ABC News:

  • Ray Harrington, of North Carolina was one of the many victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death.
  • Chasity Glisson died in her home in Florida from carbon monoxide poisoning that was linked to her automobile’s keyless ignition.
  • According to several news agencies there have been at least 13 people who have died from the deadly hazard and there have been many other injuries as well.  


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