Convenience of push-start cars carry hidden danger

Mike DeNardo
May 16, 2018 - 9:33 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Keyless ignition systems are an increasingly standard feature on modern cars. 

Some drivers may enjoy the convenience of being able to start their car with the press of a button. But according to The New York Times, more than two dozen people have died over the last 12 years from carbon monoxide poisoning after cars were accidentally left on.

"As you pull the car into the garage and you go to get out, some people just don't hear that it's still running," explained AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jana Tidwell.

She said her group has pushed for alert systems just as it did for seat belts and air bags.

"We definitely support auto manufacturers incorporating more substantial signals, alerts, even a turnoff system that would turn the vehicle off after running a few minutes once it senses the key fob has left the vehicle," she said.

Tidwell encourages drivers to be sure cars are turned off, take key fobs with them and make sure their home carbon monoxide detectors are working.