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10 Automakers Sued Over ‘Deadly’ Keyless Ignitions

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Ten automakers in the U.S. are being sued for allegedly concealing the possible risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in some vehicles with keyless ignitions.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against some of the world’s largest automakers claiming that they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than five-million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions. According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, some vehicle owners were under the mistaken belief that the engines will automatically shut off. As a result, some drivers left their vehicles running, resulting in toxic gas being emitted sometimes in garages attached to homes.

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Automakers being named in the lawsuit include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. Brands owned by those automakers are also being named as defendants, including MINI, Acura, Kia, Infiniti, Lexus and Bentley.

Drivers are claiming that the automakers have known for years about the risks of keyless ignitions, yet continued to market their vehicles as safe.

The biggest focus on the lawsuit is that plaintiffs say the automakers could have avoided 13 deaths by installing an inexpensive feature that would automatically shut off unattended engines, noting that even American automakers GM and Ford patented a shut-off feature. In addition, 27 complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 2009 over keyless ignitions.

[Source: Automotive News]

36 Comments

Ken S says:

That’s bullshlt! These dumb a55es don’t need cars, they need to strap on their lightning bolt helmets back on and jump right back on that short bus and continue to lick those windows.

EasyKill says:

This is, by far, the dumbest thing I have read today. And I browse reddit.

benanderson89 says:

Oh my giddy aunt – it even says START-STOP on the bloody button. Emphasis on “STOP”. How damn clueless do you have to be? Where does it state in the manual that it’ll turn itself off?

This case will be thrown out, because all the automakers have to do is open the manual included with the car, point to the page near the beginning about how to turn the car on and off and voilà.

Chris Daigle says:

I have rented cars from all kinds of makers and never ONCE did I leave a car running. These people smell money and or don’t want to take responsibility for their (lack of) action. Which involves only pushing a button to turn the car off.

MrM3000 says:

I agree that it’s clueless to simply walk away from the car while it’s still running and expect it to turn off by itself. I mean, when you had to turn the key you never expected that, and you still have to push the button to start it now, so why would you expect the car to turn itself off? We own a car with push button start and never once did we do something so dumb.

However, why would manufacturers patent a shut-off feature only to never use it? I can’t help but think about what went into that decision making process and realize it could have come down to the old habit of weighing the costs vs the potential payouts from any deaths that occurred precisely from the scenarios described in the article. A cheap part that goes into every vehicle with push button start still ends up costing millions, so I can totally see why manufacturers wouldn’t include it, figuring “They can’t possibly be so stupid as to walk away when the car is still running, can they?” Evidently, they can and have done precisely that.

Bottom line, you can’t fix stupid and greed is a powerful thing.

FliBiNite says:

Is anyone seeing the bigger picture here?

This is just another symptom of what happens after 50+ years of unrestrained capitalism combined with cynical lowest common denominator politics – opportunistic lawyers pandering to the (increasing) ranks of the stupid & entitled. . . .

I don’t blame the lawyers or the morons they pander to; I blame the so-called elites. Where have all the leaders gone? No-one has any principles anymore; they’ve all bent over & taken it in the back pocket. . .

>> I have absolutely no doubt that the collective IQ ( and morality) of many Western countries ( especially the Anglophones) is lower now than it was in 1965. . .

I’d love to see the hi-end manufacturers take a class action of their own; and boycott markets allowing this kind of opportunistic litigation – see how YOU like it when your chariots of choice are taken away from you you parasitic bastards. . .

Reckoning Day says:

Let’s see YOU make cars… And then we can shit… all over you ! Fair is fair you know !..

FliBiNite says:

My God; you’re a perfect example of what I was saying – I was taking the side of the Auto manufacturers you $%&#@ !!!; or do you need me to not only join the dots but label them as well???

Reckoning Day says:

You can do as you wish….. Your mother on the street corner last night.. said you always did !

FliBiNite says:

My mother???? WTF. You pathetic loser. . .

Reckoning Day says:

The fact that I am a winner, makes you a.. looser ! ..you pathetic waste of skin ! The real question is..why haven’t you shot yourself yet ? Waiting….. still waiting…….

benanderson89 says:

That is quite possible the single most lazy attempt at trolling I have ever seen. Enjoying your mother’s basement there, sparky?

Reckoning Day says:

Really ? hmmm… As you suck at that, your opinion has no … merit Enjoying your slave master’s cesspool ?

benanderson89 says:

Try making a bit of sense. You’ll be more successful that way 🙂
Also, constant ellipses make it look like you can’t type.

c’est la vie

Reckoning Day says:

You should know, oh one, closer to God than Jesus Christ himself…. And so… when will you ‘fix’ the world then?.. oh wisest of ones ?? !! ? Waiting……… still waiting…….. & STILL waiting…….ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

benanderson89 says:

Uh huh.
-thumbs up-

AliasNorth says:

wow thats fucking stupid
these are the kind of people we share the roads with
why am I driving a miata
I should be driving a tank.

Martin Seebach says:

So sad, so true and most of all soooooooooooo fukin’ funny! Guess the world is short a few golf cart drivers. Now if only a transition button from water buffalo….. Or to paraphrase 1) Off with their air, 2) turn signals are NOT an option! Nor should their use be optional. Warn the ppl around you that odd shifts in space time are imminent dammit! ** deleted political/couch tater comment in re flibinite**

Taz says:

These utter retards DESERVE to get killed by carbon monoxide. This is up there with the retard who bought a brand new RV, set the cruise control, and got out of the driver’s seat, went in the back, and made a sandwich.. When the thing careened off an embankment, she sued the manufacturer for not having a warning that ‘cruise control will not steer the vehicle’… AND SHE WON.

Reckoning Day says:

Deserve to be killed you opine ? hmmm, am glad you aren’t God.

Taz says:

If you are so f’ing stupid as to think your car will shut off by itself, then yeah. We have plenty of stupid in this world already which necessitate huge warning labels on hair dryers that tell people NOT to use them while bathing, and warnings that the contents of your coffee cup is EXTREMELY HOT. Those are for people who offer nothing to society besides breeding more stupid.

We need to take ALL warning labels off EVERYTHING and let stupid kill itself off.

Reckoning Day says:

Yah, keep telling yourself that. Good drugs aye ?