Many of the car makers used to boast about the Keyless Ignition feature in its fancy cars, which let drivers’ start their cars with the press of a button while an electronic key fob remains in their pocket (the ignition will not start if the key fob is not detected.) I know some of you might like that feature, but after reading the news I think you will change your views about it. Now, 10 car makers are sued over deadly keyless ignition in the United States, Yes! Deadly is the word used in the lawsuit.
Many latest cars are equipped with the keyless ignition and it may prove to be deadly if adequate safety measures are not implemented. Now, 10 car makers are sued over deadly keyless ignition in the US with a lawsuit claiming that the defects in the system have resulted in 13 deaths. More than 27 complaints have been lodged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 2009 over the issues related to keyless ignitions.
10 car makers are sued over deadly keyless ignition in the US due to the following reasons:
According to various reports, there are a few cases in the past in which drivers forget to power their car off after parking it in the garage. It was later discovered by them that the car’s ignition was still on and has produced a build-up of potentially deadly carbon monoxide.
There are some cases in which once the car has been started, these systems let cars running even after the key fob is no longer in the vehicle. These issues mainly affect hybrid vehicles, which are silent when operating on electricity. This silence sometimes results in the driver forgetting to turn off the car’s ignition.
10 car makers are sued over deadly keyless ignition, which includes BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Co, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. Earlier this year in March, General Motors recalled certain Chevy Volt vehicles to install an automatic shut off that will turn off the car’s ignition after it has idled for a certain period of time (With the advancements in technology comes its shortcomings.)