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Keyless Fob Lawsuits

Car accidents are not always caused by hazardous weather conditions, terrible driving, or distractions. Some of the accidents are caused by a defective automotive product. The defective product can be caused by ineffective brakes or keyless technology.

What Is a Keyless Fob?

A keyless fob is a security system installed on vehicles. The tiny device has a built-in authentication mechanism that allows the owner to access to their vehicles without the use of a physical key.

Is the Keyless Fob a Subject of Lawsuits?

Yes. As of 2015, a class action lawsuit is pending against various automakers such as Nissan, Toyota, BMW, and Hyundai Motors regarding an alleged flaw in the keyless technology.

What Is the Alleged Flaw?

Plaintiffs claim the defective keyless fob does not shut off. A reasonable driver would expect the system to shut off the car’s engine when the keyless fob is properly removed from the area, just as an engine would stop running when a physical key is removed from the ignition. Plaintiffs also claim the product is defective because it does not have a safety mechanism to shut off the engine if it continuously runs.

Has Anyone Died Because of the Technology?

Yes. The lawsuit alleges 13 people have died because carbon monoxide poisoning due to the system not turning off the engine. The cars were left running in the owners’ garages at the time of their deaths, generating enough carbon monoxide to kill them. Carbon monoxide is a type of chemical gas released when materials and fuels combust. The chemical can cause loss of consciousness, dizziness, and death.

Why Do Plaintiffs Claim the Keyless Fob Is Defective?

A defective product is a type of product that causes injury to an individual because of a failure to warn of a danger, a design defect, or defective manufacturing. Plaintiffs in the Keyless Fob class action lawsuit claim the automakers failed to properly warn the device did not have an automatic shut off. They also allege the defendants failed to inform drivers about the danger of the carbon monoxide if the engine was shut off manually.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Keyless Fob Lawsuit?

Yes. In some cases, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit. If not, you want to talk to a personal injury lawyer about your legal options.

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Last Modified: 10-27-2015 02:14 PM PDT

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