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Can Keyless Start System be Deadly?


The keyless start system has now become one of the most popular option or even a standard feature in some vehicles.  The benefit is tremendous, but it surely does involve changing old habits.



Remember the days of generic metal keys that did not do more than unlocking your car door and start the ignition?  It was not too difficult to lock yourself out since most people didn't use the key to lock the door.  Instead, pressing down the knob was the preferred way.  Some cars started employing a feature which required more participation from the driver such as lifting up the door handling while closing the car.

Once remote control keys was introduced and became the standard, it fixed most problems involving misplace keys and accidental lockouts.

Now, the keyless entry and keyless start changes our hold habit in a whole new way.  For the most part, it simply makes operating the car so much easier.  It provides easy and secure entry and starting of the car.  The problem is when you exit the car.

Over the years I have been using the system, I have accidentally tried to lock the car while the key was inside car - sometimes even with the engine running, but the system is smart enough to refuse such a request.  One time, I actually had the key inside the trunk and closed it.  Guess what happened?  The trunk popped itself open.  After several attempts at closing the trunk, I realized the key laying under a bag place inside the trunk.

The real problem is when you come home at the end of day, driving into your garage.  If you are one of those who never locks your car in the garage, you have to be extra careful to make sure to turn off the engine.  

According the a latest new, at least one person with keyless car is likely to leave their engine running inside the garage in the U.S.

A car with its engine running can produce significant amount of carbon monoxide in a short period.  It only takes a few minutes for the carbon monoxide to reach a deadly level if the car is running with garage door closed.  You may think the toxic gas will stay contained in the garage, but that's not the case with most homes.

In 2009, a keyless car owner has died from such an unfortunate accident.  In 2011, National Highway Safety Administration proposed an audible warning feature when a car is left running without a key, realizing the potential danger of keyless system, 

Since then, a dozen more deadly cases have occurred, but no action has taken a place either by the regulator or vehicle manufactures.


Can Keyless Start System be Deadly? Reviewed by Brandon Oh on 10:59 PM Rating: 5

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