What are the risks of automatic ignition vehicles?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Since the first instances of implementation in 2018, keyless-start systems have become standard for more than half of the 17 million vehicles sold and on the road annually in the United States, primarily due to convenience and accessibility. what are you offering. Unfortunately, this technology does not come without its own risks, some of them life-threatening.

One of the biggest risks with this type of system occurs due to a feature that comes standard on some autostart car models, although it is optional for most: some drivers have noticed that they forget to push the button switch a second time to turn off your vehicle, which means that your vehicle not only continues to consume gasoline (which can increase your costs), but also creates a buildup of carbon monoxide that can seep into other areas of your home .

Unfortunately, this scenario has occurred on multiple occasions, with recent figures indicating that more than 36 people have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Other negative consequences include brain damage from these types of incidents. In order to combat this situation, various automotive safety experts have pushed for the introduction of mandatory safety devices, such as automatic engine shutdown or alarms that warn drivers that the engine has been left running. However, a measure that totally prevents the production of this type of incident has not yet been standardized.

Although automatic ones offer greater convenience, they also make it easier to damage vehicles, it being just a matter of a thief finding one with the forgotten keys inside so that he can start it and disappear with his car and any valuable objects inside it.

By following a few simple steps, you can reduce the risk of your car, or the items in it, being stolen:

  • Always lock your car
  • Do not leave your keys or automatic control inside the vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit places.
  • If possible, do not leave valuables in the car.
  • Be careful where you keep your car key fob; You must be at least 20 meters away from the vehicle in order to unlock or start the vehicle.
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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.