Keyless cars can be switched on and off with the push of a button, but many drivers that got too used to traditional cars were killed or almost died after failing to turn the cars off.
After 75 years of driving, my father thought that when he took the key with him when he left the car, the car would be off,
one of the victims’ son, Doug Schaub, said.
Mr. Schaub’s father was found dead after he mistakenly left his keyless car running for 29 hours in his Florida home’s garage. The older Schaub believed that the vehicle had been turned off, which proved fatal.
Investigators found that the carbon dioxide coming from the garage flooded the home and killed the man while asleep.
Between 2006 and 2018, over two dozen people died in this manner nationwide, with dozens of others landing in the hospital severely injured. Some of them were brain damaged for life.
Keyless Cars Could Be Safer but Industry Doesn’t Want It
In the U.S., around 17 million new cars produced every year have a keyless ignition mechanism. Drivers only need to use a fob that connects to the car via a radio signal and enables the driver to start the car without a physical key.
However, drivers sometimes falsely believe that the cars have been shut down since the newer models have quieter engines.
Several solutions to the problem have been proposed including shutting down the engine after a specific time or beeps that can alert drivers that the vehicle is still on.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pushed for such measures in recent year, but the auto industry’s lobby successfully blocked the proposed rules even though the changes would have cost manufacturers just several pennies per car.
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