Proximity keys, also referred to as keyless entry, make it possible to open and start your vehicle without having to use a key. In essence, a small device within the electronic key connects to a computer within the car whenever the key is in close range.
This technology has become common in today’s vehicles, not just luxury cars. In fact, some car manufacturers are even adding smartphone apps to the mix to make remote starting possible.
Are Proximity Keys Really Safe?
Proximity keys are changing the way we have used locks and keys for centuries.
In many instances, proximity keys make a lot of sense. No need to fumble around to find your keys, which is especially useful in an emergency. And on the plus side, you can’t open the vehicle at all unless you have the keys. This is the same as using a traditional car key.
The problem lies in the fact that proximity keys only need to make momentary communication with the vehicle in order for it to start and run.
Proximity Key Safety Risks
Proximity keys present a few safety risks. Not all of them are common, but they are possible.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
A number of cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have been reported due to proximity keys. After driving his SUV into the garage, a Florida man believed his vehicle to be turned off. Unfortunately, it was still on and carbon monoxide filled his home while he slept. The New York Times has reported a number of other similar cases since then.
It’s also not uncommon for drivers to leave their proximity keys in the cup holder of the vehicle when exiting the car. Not only does the vehicle not know to turn off, but it’s much easier for theft to occur. In the case of hybrid vehicles, if the key is left within the car, the vehicle might turn on in order to adjust climate control, resulting in theft or carbon monoxide poisoning.
With the right precautions, proximity keys don’t need to be safety risks. To begin with, being more aware of keeping your key with you at all times is essential. As is ensuring your car is completely off and in park before you walk away.
Replacing or Duplicating Proximity Keys
Another way to make sure you don’t run into any unnecessary issues with proximity keys is to only use a highly skilled professional to assist with key replacement and duplication.
In fact, if you don’t have a duplicate key available, it’s best to arrange one as soon as possible. While it is possible to replace a proximity key if you lose the original, it tends to be more complicated.
The reason for this is that replacement is not uniform across the board. Factors such as the manufacturer and model of your vehicle determine how easy it is to create a new key. Reputable locksmiths can generally assist you with an unbranded key for your vehicle, but if you want to replace the factory key, the process takes much longer – hence the recommendation to rather get a duplicate made sooner rather than later.
Should you require assistance with your proximity key, contact Quickly Locksmith – we are available 24/7.