Category Archive: Dumb Smart Keys

Issues caused by new key technology and some help.

A ‘Key’ Surprise at the 2015 NY International Auto Show

NX Handle Pulled

Two more manufacturers were discovered to have joined hidden keyhole club at the 2015 New York International Auto Show; Mercedes and Porsche. We found five at the Show’s 2014 edition, so this could be seen as an improvement. Of course, the list of those not employing this pet peeve of a feature is dwindling. However, …

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Wait, you were locked IN the car?

Mazda Inside Lock Switch

A few months ago, an item out of New Zealand related a story of an older couple who spent 13 hours locked inside their new keyless Mazda, and nearly died. They had left the key fob outside the car and mistakenly thought that it was the only way to unlock the car. I let the …

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A Tale of Four Drivers – And the Dealers That Failed Them

Fiat instument panel

Car dealers found themselves on the wrong side of three customers who contacted us over the last week or so. They, plus a fourth who skipped his dealer, have something to teach those of us in the auto industry. Our first case involved a dying key fob. Fortunately, her car continued to start but the …

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This is the Time for GM to Standardize Keyless Ignition Back-up

General Motors continues to take responsibility for faulty ignition switches in ongoing recalls – nearly three million of them – and rightfully so. As part of the company’s response to the problem, CEO Mary Barra told congress in the spring that GM is considering installing push-button ignition systems in all of their products. This makes …

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Both Dashboard Symbols and Dead Key FOB App Updates Available

DashboardSymbols.com

Updates for the Dashboard Symbols and the Dead Key FOB Apps are now available for both the Android and Apple platforms. The latest version of the Dashboard Symbols App improves navigation by allowing a return to the Home Page rather than relying only on internal tabs. There is also a language correction in Blind Spot …

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