Nissan warns that Cell Phones could disable I-Keys and should be kept Far Apart

Nissan logo Auto manufacturer Nissan of America has issued a warning to its customers whose vehicles are equipped with the company’s intelligent key (I-Key) access system. Nissan said that car owners should not keep their I-Key too close to their cell phone, or they may not be able to use their car.

According to Nissan spokesman, Kyle Bazemore, “We discovered that if the I-Key touches a cell phone, outgoing or incoming calls have the potential to alter the electronic code inside the I-Key. The car won’t start and the I-Key cannot be reprogrammed.”

Thus, the auto maker is asking customers who drive new models of two of Nissan’s flagship Sedans, the 2007 Altima sedan and 2007 Infiniti G35, to keep their car keys and cell phones at least an inch apart to avoid disabling the “intelligent keys.”

Cell phones that are kept near Nissan’s I-Keys- a wireless device designed to allow drivers to enter and start their cars at the push of a button- can erase the electronic code on the keys, rendering them unable to unlock or start the cars.

This problem has occurred in a “very small percentage” of cars sold by Nissan, Bazemore said. He said current owners have been notified of the potential glitch via mail and can even get new keys from dealers if they encounter such a problem.

Bazemore also confirmed that a new version of the I-Key would be available in Fall 2007.