When keyless ignition systems emerged in the 1990s, consumers thought they were only for the wealthy. Now, though, they are available in various makes and models of cars. As they hit the mainstream, they’ve brought about a variety of problems regarding safety. Keyless ignition safety failure is a serious issue that cannot be ignored, no matter how much manufacturers try to sweep it under the rug. The problem is still there, causing countless problems for passengers and drivers.
Keyless Ignitions and Safety
Federal Vehicle Safety Standard 114 has important provisions in place that keep drivers and others safe. First, vehicles must be placed in park before the driver can remove the key from the vehicle. Second, the vehicle is inoperable once the key is removed.
Few keyless ignition systems have these safety features in place. That means someone can keep the car in gear after turning it off. The car can roll if it is in gear, even if it is not occupied. It can also run, giving off fatal doses of carbon monoxide in the process. That carbon monoxide can fill up your garage or another enclosed space.
These are just two possible problems. New problems could emerge at any time.