Report: Keyless Ignition Cars Led To 28 Deaths Since 2006

The New York Times reports keyless cars accidentally left running in garages have led to more than 70 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Report: Keyless Ignition Cars Led To 28 Deaths Since 2006
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Keyless ignition cars have reportedly contributed to more than two dozen carbon monoxide deaths since 2006.

A New York Times investigation uncovered 28 deaths and 45 injuries but says the actual numbers could be higher because there are no comprehensive federal records on the subject.

Keyless start cars let people to press a button to start the ignition rather than using a key. However, several people have been poisoned after accidentally leaving the cars turned on in their garages.

In some cases, the carbon monoxide travels into homes attached to a garage, causing death or serious brain injury to those inside.

The Times reports the Society of Automotive Engineers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have both pushed for safety features like warning signals and beeps to alert drivers when their engines are left running. But some automakers oppose the efforts, and no official regulations have been adopted.

The traffic safety administration told the Times one software-based safety feature could be put in place for "pennies per vehicle." It also said, "Preventing even one serious injury over three years would make the proposed rule cost-beneficial."