There have been multiple lawsuits in the news lately seeking accountability
for automotive defects that have led to unsafe driving. In addition to
these GM ignition switch and Takata airbag lawsuits, a new class action
suit was filed in August that claims keyless ignitions are unsafe to consumers.
This lawsuit is targeted towards ten of the largest automobile manufacturers:
Ford, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes-Benz,
and Bentley. Keyless ignition vehicles have become very popular in recent
years because they allow a “push button” start instead of
having to use a physical key. It is widely believed that these vehicles’
motors will shut off when the electronic key fob is taken far enough away
from the vehicle. This legal complaint addresses the possibility of carbon
monoxide poisoning when vehicle owners exit their cars with the key fobs,
under the impression that the vehicle will shut off, but in reality the
engines remain on. This has become especially dangerous when said vehicle
is parked in a garage attached to the vehicle owner’s home.
Investigations by various legal and news organizations claim that at least
13 deaths can be attributed to keyless ignition vehicle carbon monoxide
poisoning. In each of these instances, drivers unintentionally left their
vehicles running while parked in garages or other enclosed spaces. Even
more disturbing is the claim that various automakers and federal regulators
failed to take action to rectify the problem, even after agreeing that
there was a problem as far back as 2011.
According to the keyless ignition law suit, approximately five million
automobiles are affected by this dangerous defect.
Legal teams are seeking that automakers be required to install automatic
shut-off features in every keyless ignition vehicle to ensure safety.