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Keyless vehicles lead to 13 or more deaths due to poisoning

Are keyless cars really safe? Some would argue not, as at least thirteen people have been killed and others have been injured after keyless fobs have failed to turn off after being removed from the car. Now, 10 major automakers are facing a federal class action lawsuit that points out the unsafe flaw in the vehicles' designs. You may decide to join this lawsuit if you too have been hurt, as many people are.

According to the news, the lead plaintiff has sued 10 different auto groups and their research groups for failing to recognize the defects in their products. Companies such as Honda, Volkswagen and Ford have all been served.

The real issue reported is that when the vehicle is being parked and turned off, it sometimes doesn't shut off at all. That means that if the vehicle is parked in a garage attached to a home or even just in an enclosed space, the carbon monoxide emissions can build up.

Carbon monoxide is incredibly poisonous to humans and can cause fatal injuries if the poison is not recognized and treated quickly. Because these vehicles can be started and driven without a key, the man argued that the companies were leaving more people open to being killed in carbon monoxide incidents. So far, at least thirteen of the documented deaths have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be linked to the behavior of the key fobs.

Consumers may believe that they can simply take away the keyless fob and that the car will then shut down. The fact is that you can leave the vehicle and it won't turn off unless you tell it to. These vehicles also run quietly, so you may be less able to hear that it is still on, putting your life at danger.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Class Calls Keyless Autos Dangerous," accessed Sep. 15, 2015

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