“The NHTSA owes the public an explanation for why it has failed to act to stem vehicular-related carbon monoxide deaths and injuries,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “Carbon monoxide detectors may be the most cost-effective safety device since the seat belt.”
Altogether, more than 1,500 people die each year from CO poisoning related to motor vehicles, including suicides. The large majority of CO-induced suicides are from motor vehicle exhaust. Most of those who escape death do not try again, meaning that many more lives could be saved by CO-engine shut-offs.