According to Reuters, consumers claiming that companies concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning relating to keyless ignition technology have sued ten automakers.
The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles federal court last month against BMW, Mercedes Benz; Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. So far, 28 plaintiffs claim that the keyless technology allows drivers to start a vehicle with an on-off button—this can lead to people forgetting that the car is on, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning.
The plaintiffs say that they can trace the keyless ignition issue back to at least 13 deaths. They said the keyless ignition could injure or kill people who “inhale the colorless and odorless gas, including when vehicles are left in garages attached to homes.”
The lawsuit claims that the automakers have known about issues surrounding keyless technology since it was introduced in the United States in 2003, but have done nothing to make sure that vehicles are safe by issuing recalls or notices on older models.
It should be noted that some newer vehicles do have technology that can automatically turn off a car if it is left running. The lawsuit is seeking class action status.
Holding a Defective Product Manufacturer Liable
We will continue to update our blog about this story as more news comes out. Automakers have a duty to make sure their vehicles and parts are safe before selling them. This includes performing extensive testing on products to ensure that they do not harm people when used regularly.
Unfortunately, defective auto parts can lead to car accidents or other incidents, resulting in serious personal injuries and death. If a defective auto part or recalled vehicle has harmed you, speak to our Atlantic City injury attorney.
To see how our firm has helped injury victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page. You may be able to enter into a class action case or a settlement program with a negligent auto manufacturer.
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