Kreindler & Kreindler LLP is representing people killed or injured by vehicles equipped with push button ignition technology which does not require that a physical key be inserted into an ignition in order to start a car.
"Keyless" technology is becoming increasingly popular in cars sold in the United States. Most auto manufacturers now offer keyless entry and starting. Toyota has the Smart Key system. Lexus has Smart Access. Ford Motor Company calls it Intelligent Access. Nissan® calls it Intelligent Key. BMW has Comfort Access. Audi uses Advanced Key. The General Motors system is Passive Entry Passive Start. Hyundai offers the Proximity Key on many models. Mercedes offers Keyless Go in most of its models. Volkswagen selected the acronym KESSY for Keyless Entry Start and Exit System.
There are specific and well known dangers associated with this new technology. Auto manufacturers are ignoring the risks as more and more cars roll off production lines and into the hands of unsuspecting consumers.
Because the electronic key fob never leaves the pocket or purse, there have been carbon monoxide related deaths and injuries reported when cars either failed to shut down or were accidentally left running when the driver and key fob left the vehicle. Likewise, vehicles are being left in gear after the driver leaves with the fob, allowing cars to roll and cause severe injuries and property damage.
Our investigation into these cases has disclosed not only fundamental safety flaws, but possible violations of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), section 114, which prohibits key removal when vehicles are running or in gear.
Kreindler & Kreindler is compiling a database of accidents and incidents related to keyless ignition systems.
If you have experienced any issues with your keyless ignition vehicle, even incidents that have no led to injury, please contact us by using the form below. Submission of information to our firm is subject to the terms of our disclaimer.