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Friday, July 8, 2011

Automotive Smart Key Warning

Many newer cars are being designed to operate without a physical keyed ignition switch. This has apparently led to at least three deaths in the last year according to this story from WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland:

Keyless ignition, or Smart Key Technology, allows drivers to start and stop their engine with the push of a button. The problem, without a physical key, drivers aren't always remembering to press the off button, and it doesn't take long for the poison to build. Since 2010 at least three people have died from carbon monoxide linked to keyless ignition cars...

Electronic locks in cars, homes, and businesses seem to be the wave of the future, but we must be careful to not let the technology get ahead of us, especially when the results can be so tragic.

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