Mystery over key fob blackspot

It has been described as the “twilight zone” – with dozens of drivers falling victim to mysterious goings-on.

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It has been described as the “twilight zone” – with dozens of drivers falling victim to mysterious goings-on.

Mystified motorists in a suburb of Wolverhampton have been left dumbfounded by their misfiring car key fobs, which have started to regularly fail – but work perfectly as soon as they leave the area.

Clueless as to what is causing the problem, the Penn residents are speculating that radio signals from nearby mobile phone masts are overpowering the signals from their keys.

But with an industry expert today refuting the claim, they are no closer to finding out why their key fobs are misfiring.

Self-employed gardener Darren Cowan, who lives in Mount Road, says the key fob for his Nissan X-Trail is often disabled when he tries to lock the car after parking up at home.

He says the mechanism has also failed in Pinfold Lane, around a mile away, while his partner Kay Sedgwick has experienced the same issue with her Ford pick-up truck.

Ilana Clark, health and science specialist at Cornerstone which handles phone mast applications for mobile phone firms Vodafone and O2, said it was “highly unlikely” the problem was due to interference from that source. “All Vodafone base stations are compliant to the European Commission regulations on electrical interference,” she said.

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Comments for: "Mystery over key fob blackspot"

wolvesconnor

Be careful that this isnt thieves - there is a device that they use now which blocks signals from key fobs, hoping that people dont notice, you go to lock your car, think it has worked and walk into your house, then the said thief can simply open your car door and take whatever valuables they can find...

this is not a wind up - it is true and has been going on for some time in London and other larger cities around the UK and Europe.

Andy

Phone masts don't operate on the same frequency so why even jump to that conclusion - inaccurate reporting again. They will probably find out once OFCOM get involved it's a faulty TV sender in someone's house as they work on the same frequency!

The King of Bilstonia

Try this, same problem but in a different part of the country:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-15306994

" . . a resident's faulty device which transmits a TV signal to other sets in the home was to blame . . "

Carl

This happened in our street in Sutton Coldfield and was due to the alarm system set on a neighbour's motorhome interfering with car key fob signals. Once he switched the system off, our key fobs worked.

Gibo

What a coincidence, my key fob has also started to play up and I only live just round the corner from Mount Road. It has been intermittently playing up since last week. I originally thought it was the battery but it works fine elsewhere!!

Locked Out

I live just off Mount Road too and my car started playing up on Saturday morning. Once I get in and drive away from the area my car works fine. At first I thought the battery in the fob was on the way out but the same happens with the spare which never gets used.

ROB

Me and a 3 neighbours have had exactly the same thing happen to our cars in pendeford, whats going on.Remote works fine at work or anywhere else but not at home.

steve

I Have had the same problem with my Range Rover P38 , both times i have been on the top of a carpark and both have had phone masts on top?

as soon as i have left the carpark it works fine?

Sandra

The same problem is happening in the Pendeford area Key fobs have not been working since Oct 3rd. Several neighbours are having the same problem, along with any visitors who use this area. This mainly happens at night the problem is resolved the next day. My husband even took his car to be checked by the main dealer no problem was found. Police stated that it would not be thieves blocking signals as it affected too many cars, environmental health referred us to Offcom who charged per hour to investigate the problem.

Mickey b

I could not set my old Clifford alarm at Wolverhampton Asda but it never failed anywhere else. I rang Clifford and they said if there is a microwave transmitter near by the anti code grabbing function in the alarm would kick in and disable the fob. The university has several on the roof so I had to shop at Cannock Asda. I get the same at work on my new car as there is a radio link for the fire alarm system between the factory and the security hut which blocks my alarm if I park anywhere near it.

Helen

This is happening in various streets in Penn, but only happens at certain times of the day, usually early in the morning or from about 4pm.

We're wondering if it could be to do with the digital switch over, and that now the digital signal is stronger it is interfering with the car remote signals. Maybe it only happens when there are a lot of people watching TV...which would fit with the times - early morning TV and then after school kids get home.

Hopefully it will be resolved soon!

Karen

We had the same problem earlier in the year, we nor visitors could park by our house. I changed my car twice, my son had to start his car every morning and drive away with the siren going. When we pushed

the cars down the road they were fine. I called ofcom who said it was either remote weather stations or wireless doorbells. I removed all batteries from the neighbours doors and no one had a weather station. This did not have any effect. We have learned to live with it, it's not constant now but in the summer it was a nightmare. It has cost me about £9000 in cars, alarms and trying to remove immobilisers. Very strange.x

Sue and Chris

Who knows what the answer is.....On the top of Pye Green we regularly get a problem with our mobiles! Quite often there's no signal, but there are two "communications masts" in the field....one of which was recently climbed by a "fugitive! If you stand in our back garden the GPS registers as Tamworth, in the front garden Cannock, and Rugeley. Luckily our keyfobs work!

Sedgley

Anybody had a similar problem in the Northway Area of Sedgley recently?

Robert Tuckey

I live on mount road an the fob on my Aston Martin db9 has been playing up so I scrapped it and bought a Ferrari. The Ferrari is fine. Problem solved.

Dr Baltar

Wi-max could be the problem?

Are you waking up between 4am - 4.30am and then going back to sleep?

Remove wireless from your environment, and guess what you can sleep!

es-uk info

magdahavas com

REGGIE B

Wow what a coincidence last night I went to the Tesco Express on the Penn Road and my fob would not lock the car, when it did lock I went and got my goods but it took me nearly 10 minutes and several attemps to get back in the car. I got home to Springhill not a problem.

dawn

i live on mount road and our key fobs have been playing up for a few weeks> My car alarm also keeps going off when i try to open the car! Very annoying