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Ten auto manufacturers sued over deadly keyless ignition switches

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Ten automakers are under fire for keyless ignition switches that leak carbon monoxide. There have been 13 deaths allegedly linked to the defect. The plaintiffs believe there are over 5 million cars that are at risk of the defect.

Carbon monoxide emerges from the vehicle after drivers remove themselves from the vehicle. The electronic key fob that causes the car to start and stop without the use of a physical key does not shut off the vehicle as it is manufactured to do.

Among the defendants are BMW, Mercedes Benz, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Honda. The list continues to include several other domestic and foreign car brands as well as their luxury partnerships.

Plaintiffs stated that 27 complaints were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over keyless ignition since 2009. The impending lawsuit asks automakers to install an automatic shut-off in future vehicles to avoid similar problems. It is reported that around 430 Americans die of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year.

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