The Issue Behind the Not So “Smart Key”

Vehicle Safety Technology Attorney - The Cooper Firm

Dangers of Smart keys

The new fancy addition to new vehicles is now posing a threat to its drivers. The keyless entry vehicles with smart key technology are making it difficult for drivers to know whether their vehicle is shut off or not. In 2010, a 29-year-old woman, Chastity Glisson, died in house from carbon monoxide poisoning. This was a result of her accidently leaving her 2006 Lexus running in her garage. Her smart key was found inside of her house. The smart key was also blamed for a car heist from a dealership in New Jersey where a pair of thieves switched the smart keys while pretending to be potential buyers, and coming back later that night to take the sports car.

There have also been reported issues of people pulling into their driveway forgetting to put their car into park and turning it off. These smart cards do not automatically go into park when the ignition is shut off. Most of the vehicles with smart keys do not have warnings that signal enough, to show there is an issue when the driver exits the car. Some of the vehicles with smart keys after being turned on can even be driven away if the smart key is not in or near the car. Other instances show that these keyless vehicles were unable to be shut down during emergencies on the highway as well as sudden acceleration events.

“We really haven’t seen too much confusion with these systems,” said Dave Proefke, a vehicle security engineer at General Motors Co. “As they become more widely adopted, I think we’ll find that they converge in how they operate,” he said. These keyless entry cars have become widely popular despite their safety issues. If the industry would work harder to explain the new functions of these vehicles there may be less reported issues.

If you are the owner of a smart key vehicle, make sure you read your vehicle manual to know what to do if you are presented in an emergency situation or if you are unaware of what the key can and cannot do. By understanding the technology and your car you can prevent yourself from being in a traumatic situation.

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