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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    Avatar28, 29 May 2007 @ 2:39am

    GSM phones?

    I haven't seen it mentioned specifically what type of phones cause it. My money, though, would be on GSM phones. I have had one for quite awhile and have noticed several odd effects, especially when my phone is active, sending/receiving data or a phone call. I often get a loud buzzing noise in nearby speakers. By nearby, I mean within several feet. I have even had it occur on a fairly high end home theater system, though only once. I have also seen interference on CRT monitors. The screen goes sort of flickery and crazy, with horizontal lines scrolling down the screen. I have NEVER seen or heard of this phenomenon with CDMA phones.

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