March 23, 2012
Keyless ignitions are one of the newest luxury features offered on vehicles today. They have become more popular in recent years because of their convenience and their cost to manufacture has dropped. However, one study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that the ease of the push-button start has led to several close-call accidents.
The report says that a driver had his foot run over while trying to stop a vehicle that was rolling backwards because it wasn’t properly parked. In addition, a couple reported carbon monoxide detectors being set off in their home after a vehicle with a keyless ignition was accidentally started while parked in a garage connected to the home.
To avoid potential catastrophes that could be associated with these devices, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked for regulations to be put in place that would make it mandatory for all keyless ignition devices to shut down power to the vehicle with a half-second push of a button, whether or not the vehicle is moving. They also hope to require a loud warning alarm if the vehicle is not put into park after stopping.
The Colorado Auto Accident Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm ask that all motorists with keyless ignitions be careful to monitor closely where they put the ignition fob in order to avoid an accidental start-up of a vehicle that could result in an accident.