Experts warn of keyless car dangers

Experts warn of keyless car dangers
(Source: WAFF)

(WAFF) - Not too long ago, all cars required keys in the ignition to be running. Now, many can get out of their cars and head inside with the keys even if the car is still on.

Thinking you turned your car off? It's an easy mistake to make and one that's killed dozens. It's a convenience that's taking peoples' lives. More and more auto manufacturers are doing away with the "key in the ignition" concept and turning to keyless cars.

It may be convenient to skip the step of physically turning a key, but a new report from The New York Times says it has its consequences. At least 28 people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2006.

Drivers are forgetting to push that button and turn off the ignition. They go into their house for the night and the carbon monoxide leaks from inside the garage and into the house. It's a mistake that's killed dozens in America.

The society of Automotive Engineers called for automakers to have features like beeps to warn drivers if their vehicles were still running once they got out of the car.

Today, some car companies have agreed to do so voluntarily. Others have not. If you have a keyless car, know how to stay safe.

The National Highway Safety Administration recommends you read your car's manual for information on how the key fob works. They suggest you never get out of a car while its running.

Lastly, be sure to take the key fob with you every time you leave your car.

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