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Leaving keyless cars unattended can be fatal

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If you drive a keyless car, there's a chance you might have forgotten to turn it off.

It's  a simple mistake, but it could cost you your life.

At just the push of a button, keyless cars are made for our convenience but that doesn't mean our safety should take a backseat.

The New York Times conducted an investigation earlier this month into a danger associated with push button ignition vehicles.. 

They found more than two dozen people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning after keyless cars were left running in their home garage since 2006.

It's called an invisible killer for a reason, you can't smell it or see it.

That's why Billings Fire Marshal Mike Spini said your best defense is to have a carbon monoxide detector.

"That's really for anybody who has an attached garage with their house. Whether they have a keyless start car or not, the carbon monoxide alarm will alert them if the levels of CO get high enough to trigger that alarm," said Spini. 

So what can you do to ensure your car is properly turned off?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends several basic safety tips.

Those tips include making sure your car is in park before shutting the engine down and applying your car's parking brake.

It's just as the safety video says, when keyless, don't get careless. 

The Billings fire department does offer a smoke and carbon monoxide detector program.

If you need a detector, you can request one from the fire department.

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