Is the Leaf meant to be able to drive without the key in proximity? The other day I was driving my son to the orthodontist and noticed 5km into the 10km commute a sign on the dash saying key not detected. After pulling over and searching the car I realized I'd left it at home so turned around since I didn't want to be left stranded once I got there. I'd left the car on in the garage while I picked up the kids but left the key in the house... So didn't need to start it once ready to leave. Sadly we missed our orthodontist appointment and can't get another for a month.
Is this normal to be able to drive wiithout the key? An alarm of some sort would be helpful - the dash notice obviously doesn't work for everyone!
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2015 20:01:40 GMT 11 by caroline
I think it would have squealed when you took the key out of the car when it was on, but after that there is just the sign on the dash. It doesn't turn the car off. I'm sure I remember someone complaining the car sqealed when they got out to post a letter with the car still on and the key in their pocket. But once you turn it off, you can't turn it on again without the key so it's just as well you went back home.
Post by datsunleaf on Jun 29, 2015 23:15:48 GMT 11
Most keyless cars once the vehicle is started allows you to continue to drive them, however once you turn them off you will not be able to start them again until the key is within proximity. This is the same with all keyless cars such as BMW etc.... car park attendants who valet park often get stuck being unable to move vehicles because the driver has handed their car over still running and walked away with the keys in their pocket. The attendant is able to park the car but unable to move it again once he has switched it off