Keyless Ignitions Blamed for At Least 28 Deaths

by Rob Quinn, Newser

Advocacy groups and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have called for automakers to introduce safety features including automatic shutoff and loud signals to alert drivers when their engine is still running. But adoption of such measures has not been universal across car companies, and some have been very reluctant to retrofit older vehicles. Advocates warn there will be more carbon monoxide deaths, especially among older people, without tougher regulations. “You can’t trust car corporations to police themselves,” says lawyer John Uustal, who is involved in two keyless ignition cases. “There’s no adequate punishment.”

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