One of the new “things” for the relatively affluent are keyless cars. You know, the fob that you hold up near a switch that enables the car to start with the push of a button.
If you couple that feature with a very quiet engine, you get a recipe for suicide.
The New York Times (May 13th) reports that there have been more than two dozen deaths related to people forgetting to turn off these cars after parking them in their garage. Carbon monoxide generated by the idling motor seeps into the home and kills the occupants while they sleep.
So are we cleaning the gene pool of the successful or the absent minded? Or will the stereotype of the absence minded professor finally disappear?