There have now been several deaths and serious injuries associated with keyless ignitions. These cases involve carbon monoxide poisoning and/or rollaway accidents. Those who have been injured or lost family members are fighting for increased safety standards. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal evaluation.
The Issues Are Terrifying
At least 34 people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning after leaving the ignition on and not realizing it. This is because the car must be turned off by a button – not by turning the key. People have driven into their garages, gotten distracted by what’s on their phone or other issues, and then died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Safety advocates say that one of the main issues is that the fob is marketed as though it is a key when in fact it is not a key. Advocates say that it does not act as a key because it does not shut down the car and many people simply do not use it correctly.
Roll Away Accidents Are Also Becoming Far Too Common
It is also important to remember that cars are much quieter than ever and this makes it easier for people to think their engine is off when in fact it is still running. Keyless cars, in particular, are more likely to result in roll away accidents because, unlikely a car with a traditional key, they can be turned off even if the vehicle is not in a park position. Making this mistake just one time can result in a serious injury or death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Knows it is an Issue
All the way back in 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that these issues are cause for serious concern. Yet it is eight years later and there has been no change to any rules. A U.S. Senator introduced a bill, which is being referred to as the PARK IT Act, in response to the safety concerns.
If the Bill were to become law, the NHTSA would be tasked with mandating auto-shutoff and lock features that would engage if someone tried to exit a keyless car that was not in park. While some automakers have come up with their own safety measures to help, such as shutting off cars that are idling for more than 30 seconds, it appears that only an act from Congress will make a true, long-term difference.
If you or a loved one has been injured in this type of accident, or another personal injury accident in which someone else was at fault, then you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 today for a free legal consultation.