TAMPA, Fla. — "My mom told me to get a carbon monoxide detector just in case. And ended up definitely needing it," says Christina Huff, whose neighbor's keyless ignition car was left running in the garage for several hours one night in 2016.
Huff woke to the sound of her dog barking at the carbon monoxide alarm in her home.
Huff called 911 and firefighters had to make entry into the neighbor's home to wake her up and save her life.
This close call in 2016 left Huff questioning the technology.
"I'll probably never get a keyless entry car. Just because of what happened. It freaks me out," says Huff.
In a new report entitled Deadly Convenience, the New York Times counts 28 deaths and 45 injuries linked to carbon monoxide poisoning from keyless ignitions.
With a traditional car key you can't take your key fob out while leaving the car running, but in some newer model vehicles that use a keyless fob, it's not too difficult to walk away from a running engine.