Are keyless ignition systems dangerous?
Vaziri January 14, 2022

The automotive industry has made many technological advances in recent years. Functions have been developed to aid in functions such as: notifying the driver when an external object is near to avoid collisions, safety features such as airbags, retention systems, improved lighting systems, among others.

One of the many advancements has been the keyless ignition system, which is now used by millions of drivers. However, in recent years, there has been a lot of debate about how safe these systems can be for their users.

What is a keyless ignition system?

It is a system that allows the driver to start his car without inserting the traditional metal key into the ignition system. On the contrary, these types of vehicles have a button that you have to press to start the car. This is achieved through a key fob that the person has to keep with them and which sends a code to the car’s computer when the driver is within a certain range. Easy and simple, but dangerous.

What is the danger?

It has been observed that, with this system, drivers may forget to turn off their car. Since there is no key that has to be removed in order to turn off the car, and new car engines tend to be very quiet, the person can easily get out of the car thinking that it is already turned off. Because of this, more than two dozen people have died from carbon monoxide inhalation, leaving their cars running in their driveways.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is extremely dangerous to human health.

Where do we find carbon monoxide?

This gas is emitted through the combustion systems and comes out as part of the generated smoke. Combustion systems are found in cars, stoves, heating systems, among others.

By breathing carbon monoxide, the person can be poisoned, fall into a coma, or even die.

Car companies should include an alarm system or some other feature that reminds drivers to turn off their vehicles before getting out of them.