May 14, 2018 - The Times came up with the figures by surveying media and emergency response reports, as there is no government agency that keeps track of these types of accidents, according to FOX News.
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What’s the problem?
Remote key fobs, also known as proximity keys, allow vehicles to be turned on and off by pressing a button, rather than a traditional key, which must be physically inserted into an ignition and turned. In cases where fatalities occurred from carbon monoxide poisoning, drivers apparently exited their vehicle with the fob, but forgot to turn off the engine. Over time, exhaust fumes raised the concentration of carbon monoxide in their homes to the point where it caused their death, the Times reports.
All cars feature some form of carbon monoxide warning, but there is still no established standard for what happens if drivers walk away without shutting their vehicle down. Toyotas, for instance, issue internal and external sounds as a fob is removed from a running vehicle, while newer Ford models are programmed to kill the engine automatically if it is left running for 30 minutes.
In addition to the fatalities, at least 45 people reported severe injuries from carbon monoxide inhalation, which has been linked to brain damage and other potentially permanent health conditions.
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