10 OEMs sued over keyless ignitions
10 manufacturers have been named in a lawsuit brought by representatives of consumers who claim keyless ignition systems pose carbon monoxide poisoning risk to users.
The suit claims manufacturers failed to disclose the health risks posed by keyless ignition systems that allow the engine to continue to run after the fob has been removed from the vehicle. The plaintiffs allege that 13 deaths have resulted from carbon monoxide poisoning under these circumstances, according to Reuters.
The manufacturers named in the suit are Bentley, BMW, FCA, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Plantiffs are seeking damages and an injunction against the automakers forcing them to implement a timed shut-off that prevents vehicles from running indefinitely after the key has been removed.
This is not the first time keyless ignitions have been the focus of a safety controversy. During the Toyota “unintended acceleration” debacle, regulators raised concerns over the amount of time it takes to shut off a car with push-button start.