Despite government efforts, keyless ignitions linked to carbon monoxide deaths

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At least 28 people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2006 because drivers forgot to turn off the ignition, according to a Sunday report in the New York Times. Of those, over half come with a keyless ignition system.

In 2011, the Society of Automotive Engineers recommended that automakers include visual or sonic warnings to alert drivers who leave their vehicles running without a key fob inside. "It is up to the manufacturers to use them where required". If a driver leaves a vehicle running in a garage, the vehicle could emit enough carbon monoxide - which doesn't have a color or scent - to kill the driver if the driver's home is connected to its garage.

Roughly half of the 17 million new cars sold per year in the US are equipped with this keyless vehicle technology, the Times reported.

Drivers of keyless cars may want to be a little more cautious. That way, the engine turns off, thereby removing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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A number of manufacturers have implemented a safeguard to help ensure that users are aware that their keyless vehicle is still running in hopes that they could avoid abusing deaths, but the problem remains an issue. Different auto manufacturers have different sets of safety systems.

While the case was dismissed by the judge the following year, it's clear that keyless cars need some sort of indicator across the board in order to avoid causing deaths.

Each year, 17 million new cars are sold in the United States.

While convenient, keyless cars can sometimes have a deadly effect, according to a report from the New York Times.

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