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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    JBB, 29 May 2007 @ 3:32am

    Can't you read, folks?

    Sheesh. "lets talk more about this issue, you can reach me at:" is pretty obviously one of those sorts of trolls trying to make a buck by being stupid in hopes of driving traffic to their sites.

    Anyway, my Cingular phone (and at least two other models of cingular phones) throws enough RF to be audible on my car radio, on computer speakers, and audible and visible on televisions I'm standing near. It wouldn't surprise me to find something that could be scrambled by it.

    Clearly Nissan needs to shield their fobs a bit better. They're supposed to be able to 'accept' any interference other devices throw.

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