All the talk in the automotive industry about the future technology of
cars is focused on self-driving models and virtual heads-up displays on
windshields. Not many are focusing on the high-tech gadgets of today that
create both convenience and potential hazards. In particular, keyless
ignition systems are being installed in more and more vehicles. If you
have a new car that has this new feature, take a look at this list of
frequently asked questions about keyless ignition systems to make certain
you are not doing anything incorrectly, or putting you or your family
at risk of harm.
Of course, if you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you
have been hurt due in part of a keyless ignition, you can call
845.340.HURT (4878) for legal assistance. At Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C.,
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Frequently Asked Questions About Keyless Ignition Systems
How does a keyless ignition system work?
Instead of getting a metal key to turn an ignition switch, you are handed
a plastic key fob that contains a computer chip and an identification
code. When brought within close range of your vehicle, it communicates
with the onboard computers, tells it you own the vehicle, and permits
the engine to be started with the push of a button.
Does remember to put the car in park become a problem?
For most drivers, putting the car in park comes as second nature before
or after physically turning off the ignition. This muscle memory is often
the only thing that reminds us to do so. For cars with keyless ignition
systems, drivers may forget to put the car in park, or pull the parking
brake, causing it to roll away dangerously once they exit.
Are enclosed places problematic for parking a keyless car?
For the same reason it becomes a memory test just to put a keyless ignition
system car in park, it can also become unexpectedly difficult to fully
turn one off. This creates a serious health hazard if you park within
a confined space, where carbon monoxide gas can build up entirely undetected.
Please be sure to turn off your vehicle whenever you get out of it, even
for quick errands, and open a window in your garage, if possible.
Will a keyless car warn a driver about the aforementioned problems?
Most automakers have had the foresight to create warning lights, bleeps,
or other signals when a keyless ignition system is being misused. Generally
this means making a lot of noise if you open a door while the engine is
still running. Familiarize yourself with your car’s manual and warning
behaviors to decrease the chances of letting it roll away or run unattended.
Where should I keep my key fob?
While it might seem convenient to keep your key fob in your glove compartment,
you should always have it on you, not stored in your car. Not only does
this help stop you from locking yourself out of your car, but it also
stops would-be car thieves from making a quick getaway in your vehicle.