Category: Dumb Smart Keys

Issues caused by new key technology and some help.

Et Tu, Brute? Ford Hides Fusion Door Lock Cylinder

Covered Key Hole

Much to our chagrin, Ford Motor Co. has joined General Motors as the latest manufacturers to jump on the “hide the keyhole” bandwagon. Too much of this industry is filled with a follow the leader syndrome no matter if a leader is headed to a cliff. The 2013 Ford Fusion and Cadillac ATX and CTX …

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Think You Locked Your Keys in the Trunk? Maybe Not…

In the world of Push Button or Keyless Start cars, three calls are commonly received by service departments and roadside assistance: lock outs, dead key fob batteries and keys “locked” in the trunk or behind the rear hatch. Of the three, the lock out is most likely to require an actual visit from roadside assistance. The …

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Great Start: GM Will Make Door Unlock, Remote Start Standard

General Motors announced on June 5th that it will make remote door unlock and remote start standard (read, free) for five years through the OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App. The services will be available for OnStar-equipped 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models “even if the owner declines to pay for other OnStar services.” Thirty-six 2014 …

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App Update and a Rant: Where is Push Button Standardization?

An update of our exclusive Dead Key FOB App is now available for Android and Apple mobile devices. Version 2.0 provides an improved user interface and updated starting instructions and images for push button start vehicles built by Honda/Acura and Mazda. These manufacturers each use three different methods to start their vehicles should the battery in …

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AAA Moves to Help Drivers Avoid Mistakes with Smart Keys

AAA did a fine article we found on Cars.com on so-called Smart Keys that is a must read for every driver (see the link at the end of this item). In it, the company notes that the Smart Key (AKA Advanced Key, Intelligent Key) “has brought with it new opportunities for motorists to feel stupid”, with …

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