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Lawsuits Filed Against Automakers for Defect in Keyless Ignition Systems

Many new automobiles being sold today have keyless ignition systems. In order to operate these vehicles, the owner merely has to have their keyfob near the push button starter. There is a convenience factor in not having to take out your key when you start your car. Problems have occurred, because the driver can park the car, walk away with his keyfob and the car will keep running. Thirteen people have now died, because they mistakenly left their keyless ignition vehicles running in their garages and went inside their homes. As a result, carbon monoxide entered their homes and killed them. Now a product liability lawsuit has been filed against several automakers.

The vehicles that are the most dangerous appear to be the quieter running engines in hybrid cars. The drivers simply forget to turn off the car and do not hear the engine running when they leave their car in the garage.┬áSome automakers have added an “auto-off” feature that turns off the vehicle if the keyfob is away from the car for a few minutes, but most automakers have recalled their older vehicles that do not have this feature. GM has recalled older model Chevy Volts to add the auto-off feature to this vehicle.