Nissan Warns Drivers: Don't Put Mobile Phones Near Our Keys

from the well-that's-one-way-to-stop-driving-while-yakking... dept

Nissan is going around warning a bunch of US drivers of either the Nissan Altima or the Infiniti G35 to be careful with their mobile phones. However, it's not, as you might expect, about driving while using those mobile phones. Nope. It's about keeping those mobile phones away from the car keys that open and start the cars. Like many newer cars, these cars use a wireless key system. Unfortunately, they're discovering that mobile phones receiving calls while in contact with the keys can scramble the electronic code on the keys... making them into useless paperweights. This would seem like a pretty big problem -- and simply telling drivers to keep their phones away from their keys isn't likely to work very well, considering phones and keys very often end up together in people's pockets or purses.

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    zinger, 29 May 2007 @ 6:10am

    Nissan Warns Drivers: Don't Put Mobile Phones Near

    Not only cell phones...
    A few years ago, after coming back from a driving trip, my key wouldn't start my car. (I didn't have a cell phone at the time.) Still under warranty, I had my Nissan towed to the dealership, where the service department asked me "Oh, just back from a trip? Do you have an EZ Pass tag up on your windshield?" After they reprogrammed my keys, I was told to keep the EZ Pass in my glove compartment, in its protective bag. They said they didn't know why, but they'd had a few incidents like mine. I'm not surprised to hear about the cell phones!

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