Keyless Ignition Class Action Lawsuit
Several people have died and hundreds more have been injured from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty vehicle keyless ignition systems.
Ten major auto makers were aware of the potentially deadly flaws with keyless ignition systems, yet they concealed the risks and continued to produce and sell vehicles with the dangerous systems in place.
If you or someone you love owns a vehicle with a key-free ignition, contact the defective product lawyers at the Phillips Law Group today.
You may be eligible to join a keyless ignition class action lawsuit and receive financial compensation for injuries caused by the inadequate ignition systems. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for your vehicle’s lost value.
Keyless Ignition Dangers
A keyless ignition system allows drivers to start and stop their vehicle by pushing a button instead of using a key. In order for the button to work, drivers carry a small device called a keyless fob that sends a wireless signal to the start/stop button.
Many consumers report not being aware that simply removing the keyless fob from the vicinity of their vehicle (which in turn stops the wireless signal from reaching the start/stop button) would not shut off the vehicle’s engine.
As a result, countless automobiles were left to run, allowing dangerous carbon monoxide to flow freely from the vehicles’ exhaust pipes.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is highly toxic and deadly. The gas can quickly fill a closed garage, where it can spread to attached homes, neighboring homes, and other buildings that are close to the running vehicle.
To date, 13 people have died from breathing in carbon monoxide fumes emitted from vehicles that were left to run unattended.
These keyless ignition deaths could have been prevented, according to the lawsuit, had the automakers simply installed software into their ignition switches that would shut down an engine if it had been idling for too long.
Have you or someone you know suffered injuries from keyless ignition carbon monoxide poisoning? If so, please contact the defective product attorneys at the Phillips Law Group as soon as possible.
You may be able to join a keyless ignition lawsuit and receive monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Your consultation is free, and we only get paid if you win.
Vehicles Affected by Keyless Ignition Carbon Monoxide
The class action lawsuit claims that nearly five million vehicles were manufactured with key-free ignition switches that did not have any safety-related shut off software installed.
In these vehicles (the majority of which were manufactured before 2009), the engines will continue to run, no matter how far away from the car the driver takes the keyless fob.
Vehicles that may pose keyless ignition dangers include those manufactured by:
- Fiat Chrysler
- General Motors (GM)
- Mercedes Benz
According to the keyless ignition lawsuit, the automakers were aware of the carbon monoxide issues, as well as the keyless ignition deaths, as far back as 2009.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received almost thirty complaints pertaining to keyless ignition carbon monoxide dangers since 2009.
Contact Our Phoenix AZ Defective Product Lawyers
Countless keyless ignition deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning could have been prevented, had auto manufacturers taken simple measures to recall their affected vehicles and warn consumers about the keyless ignition dangers posed by their vehicles.
At the Phillips Law Group, we firmly believe the automakers should be held accountable for their harmful, negligent, and unethical business practices.
We encourage everyone with a key-free ignition vehicle to contact our defective product attorneys as soon as possible.
You may be eligible to take part in a keyless ignition class action lawsuit and receive financial compensation from the at-fault automakers.