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Keyless Ignition Problems New HampshireKeyless ignition systems for vehicles are increasingly popular, especially in colder climates where being able to start the car from indoors with the push of a button makes for a much more comfortable drive. However, malfunctions or insufficient warnings or explanations have lead to several accidents and some deaths, prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to consider new rules for keyless vehicle ignition systems.

Many systems allow the vehicle owner to start the car at a distance by pushing a button on a small remote. Once inside the car, the driver can turn it on or off by pressing a button or switch. However, many of these switches will not allow the car to be turned off in an emergency situation, such as when the accelerator is stuck, or they require a different method – such as being held for a longer period – to turn the car off when the vehicle is not in park. This often confuses drivers in emergency situations and has led to crashes.

Other systems have shown the opposite problem: they turn on spontaneously or will allow the vehicle to slip out of park while the ignition is on. This has caused serious injuries, including owners dragged by their vehicles and families harmed by carbon monoxide poisoning when a car starts while sitting in a garage.

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Seat belts are one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from serious injury in a car accident. If you’re pregnant, you should still wear a seat belt, but you can modify it for maximum comfort and protection, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA suggests that pregnant women who are traveling in cars should wear a seatbelt at all times. If you’re in the front seat, move it back as far as possible. Keep at least 10 inches between yourself and the center of the steering wheel or the dashboard. The shoulder part of the seat belt should lay across the center of your chest, off your neck, and the lap part should lay low and snug across your hips.

If you have air bags, doctors recommend that you leave them turned on, since they can provide the best protection along with seat belts in an accident, according to the NHTSA. Do not rely on your air bags instead of your seat belt, however; air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not to replace them.