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Personally, I think automobiles may have gotten too smart for their own good and our safety. Not too long ago I was told that a computer analysis of my vehicle definitely confirmed a problem which was causing my door locks to randomly activate and deactivate, but could not pinpoint the location of the problem. Therefore, each of my five doors had to be taken apart to get to the defect.

The latest example of a car that was too smart:

Nissan is recalling 80,000 vehicles in North America because of an ignition key defect.

Nissan is recalling about 70,000 Murano SUVs and 10,000 Maxima sedans in North America.

Some of the rods connecting the ignition part with parts that start the engine in Nissan Muranos and Maximas are too long. As a result, sometimes the Nissans do not start properly. Occasionally, the engines start when the driver moves the steering wheel, even when the ignition is turned off.

The Nissan Murano SUV and Maxima sedan recalls involve only models using Nissan’s “intelligent keys” with integrated circuit chips inside. These allow driver to open their car door with the keys still inside their pockets by just pressing on the handle. Drivers do not need to insert the intelligent key in order to start the car.

What was wrong with the plain old dumb key that only started cars when placed in the ignition and turned?

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