Keyless Automobile Ignition Systems are Fatally Flawed, Critics Say

NBC News
January 5, 2016

Martis Alex comments on the potentially deadly keyless fob defect

New York City attorney Martis Alex calls the keyless fob "a deadly defect" that is marketed as a convenience. She wants to force carmakers to fix the millions of vehicles on the road and those that are manufactured in the future.

Alex is the lead attorney for a class action lawsuit filed by her law firm, Labaton Sucharow, against 10 automakers, all of which make vehicles with keyless ignition systems and no auto shut-off.

"We want the auto manufacturers to fix the problem. They know how to fix it. They have fixed it in some cars and that is very troubling to me," Alex told NBC News.

Alex notes that most cars today are smart enough to turn off the headlights if you leave them on.

"Why can't we have auto-off to save your life and the lives of your children?" she asks. "This is a serious problem with fatal consequences. And it's not just about the deaths; it's about all the injuries, terribly serious injuries. Let's fix it."