A suit filed in a Los Angeles Federal Court last month is prompting automakers to recall millions of vehicles with keyless ignitions because drivers failing to press the ignition start/stop button could be subject to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the suit, there have been at least 13 deaths and many close calls because drivers mistakenly believe that removing the Keyless Fob from the vehicle turns off the engine. It claims that Automakers have known about the deadly consequences but fail to install an Outo-Off feature on their vehicles or include warnings in manuals or sales brochures.
Several complaints have been made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and in 2007, Ford and GM filed patents to address the issue. While some manufacturers have installed Auto-Off in some newer model vehicles they fail to recall earlier models or provide Auto-Off software updates.