The potential dangers of keyless cars

Drivers of cars that don't require keys sometimes forget to shut off the motor. Newer cars with quieter engines in particular might make drivers think they've already stopped running.


NSFW    'MERICA — The New York Times reports, more than two dozen people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning or suffered from debilitating injuries after accidentally leaving their vehicles running in the garage

According to car information website Edmunds, keyless car drivers at times tend to forget to shut off the motor. Newer cars or cars with quieter engines are so quiet that drivers may often think they've stopped running.

Consumer reports suggests that automakers should add an audible alarm feature that can be heard from outside when a driver gets out of a running keyless car.

While some carmakers already have a similar feature in their products, GM have designed theirs to automatically shut off once the driver has left the car for a certain period of time.

Ford's keyless cars now have a feature that automatically turns the engine off after 30 minutes of idling.

In an interview CNN, AAA's spokesman said the most important thing for drivers is to make sure a car is turned off every time when it's parked. He also suggested that drivers to know how to identify when their car is on or off.

To prevent this and other tragic accidents, the New York City Fire Department suggested installing carbon monoxide detectors into our home living rooms.
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