4 Reasons Your Keyless Car Ignition Is a Safety Hazard

Photo (cc) by ckramer

One of the most dangerous new technologies on cars is also one of the most celebrated — keyless ignitions.

There were at least 13 carbon monoxide deaths linked to keyless ignitions and enough other incidents to prompt the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to post a public notice in the National Register reporting that the technology poses a “clear safety problem,” according to Scripps news service.

Richard Reina, product training director at CARiD.com and an auto expert with over 30 years of experience, said his recent experiences with keyless ignition convinced him the systems are more dangerous than most people realize.

“I was shocked by what the car will allow you to do,” he said. “And you are taking an action [of using a key in an ignition] that has been ingrained in drivers and… changed the protocol….That can lead to accidents.”

Here are four reasons to think twice before you buy a car with keyless ignition

  1. It’s easy to leave the car running. We all hear that cars with keyless ignitions are silent, but we might not realize how that impacts us until we drive one. One Florida man was left gravely ill and his girlfriend died after she inadvertently left a keyless ignition car running in a garage attached at her home, according to a Florida ABC-TV affiliate. The incident isn’t isolated. A class action lawsuit has been brought against 10 automakers due to carbon monoxide deaths in such cars, reported the Consumerist.

2. Safety features don’t prevent some accidents. Reina put a car with keyless ignition into drive, engaged the parking brake, and then exited the car without hitting the button to shut down the engine. “In fairness to the [automaker] there was a read-out on the dashboard that noted the power is on,” said Reina, adding that soft beeps also sounded. “But I was still able to open the door and walk away. A roll-a-way incident could have occurred.”

3. It’s difficult to change your driving habits. No matter how sure you are that you will understand the process of shutting off a keyless ignition car, emergencies happen. If you are late to work or to get your child from daycare, your past driving patterns might kick in, he said. That means you could fail to shut down the car and injure or kill yourself or others

4. Valets and others may not be keyless ignition savvy. Reina tells the story of valets who have inadvertently not shut down a keyless ignition car. The result could be anything from an accident to a dead battery.

What’s your experience with keyless ignitions? What do you think needs to be done to ensure their safety? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
8 Products That Make It Easier to Get Fit
8 Products That Make It Easier to Get Fit

Amazon reviewers give high marks to these tools that can help you get in shape without a gym.

9 Indestructible Products That Are Worth the Price
9 Indestructible Products That Are Worth the Price

If you’re willing to pay a little more for these products, you may never have to shop for another again.

3 Easy Ways to Get Laundry Soap for Nearly Nothing
3 Easy Ways to Get Laundry Soap for Nearly Nothing

Not using any of these methods for saving on laundry detergent? Then, you are washing money down the drain.

Watch This: Organize Your Home With Dollar Tree Products
Watch This: Organize Your Home With Dollar Tree Products

Here’s how to organize every corner of your home using only items from a dollar store.

8 Reasons Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will
8 Reasons Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will

Here’s why the last decades of life are harder now than they used to be.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

What a $15 Minimum Wage Means for Social Security
What a $15 Minimum Wage Means for Social Security

A federal minimum-wage hike could affect the Social Security system dramatically.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers
6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers

Imagine having $245,000 stolen from your retirement account — and not being reimbursed.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.
This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.

This brand’s vehicles are least likely to give drivers repair headaches, according to J.D. Power.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know
7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50
7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, our bodies wear down. Here is how to cut costs associated with some common ailments.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.