Broken Seat Flip Key 2016 New Problem
**Breaking News 13 July 2018 VW have agreed to replace these keys under warranty *** See Comments below
When you think the quality of car keys can’t get any worse, it does. This week we’ve seen a broken Seat Flip key that’s just 18 months old, it broke like it was made of cheese. We didn’t realise it was such a potential problem until we got to see one up close. However, if what we are seeing in Lincoln is the same as the rest of the UK, we believe there are big problems coming.
When we write these articles, we normally have a solution for you as well. Sorry, but we don’t have a fix yet, so this article may not be for you. However, we believe that if you have this key, and if you know what to look for, you can avoid being stranded when you lose the key blade.
Lost Key Blade
The first we heard of this was a few weeks ago when a good regular customer called us to say one of his sales cars had a missing key blade. A bit odd we thought, but sure enough, when we saw the key, the pin that holds the blade in place was missing. This had caused the key blade to get lost.
Fortunately, he had another key, so we just fitted another blade, replaced the pin, and thought no more of it.
Stranded with a Broken Seat Flip Key
Then another call from someone with the same problem. They we’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, with a car full of young children and it was getting dark. We were on our way to help, when thanks to a family search party, they found the blade and managed to get home ok.
This time it’s broken
Then this week, another customer walks into our shop to show us her remote key from a 2016 Seat Ibiza. It was a lease car and she’d had it from new, for just 18 months. She had two keys, the one she never used was in perfect condition.
The other was the working key, until one day she recalled how she flipped the blade out to use it and the blade shot off away from her. Fortunately, she had her spare. However, when she talked to the dealer about the return of the car at the end of the lease, they told her they’d be charging her for a replacement key!
Broken Seat Flip key – The Cause?
When we looked at the key, we could clearly see that on one side of the flip assembly, a crack had developed, allowing the blade to move from side to side. This, in turn, had caused the pin to drop out. She assured us that she was a regular user and hadn’t been rough with the key etc. Therefore, there are only a couple of reasons the key cracked so easily.
- The flip assembly metal is too weak. We’ve also see this with Hyundai and Kia keys.
- The ignition locks are too stiff to turn. We’ve seen this problem with VW transporters and Caddy vans, of the age 2010 – 2013. When the key is turned is turned to ‘crank’ it’s very stiff and causes the same damage, shown below.
- The key blade is the wrong orientation. With most flip keys, blade lays flat against the key, whilst with this design, it is end on. We believe this is a contributing factor.
What’s the answer?
Firstly, will there be a recall by the Seat, Skoda, and VW main dealer? With the keys being so new, it seems outrageous that replacement keys need to be paid for. For most of us that don’t buy cars from new, this may be a thing to look out for when buying a used Seat, Skoda or VW.
As with all these problems, we expect that the repair cases will be available soon. This will allow the delicate electronics can be moved from the broken key into a new case. However, this won’t help you when you’re stranded because your key blade has fallen out of the key and you only have one key!
Check out the video we made of the broken Seat Key
Please comment below if you have the same problem with your Seat, Skoda, or VW Key and together, we’ll see if this is a major problem or a one-off.
Thanks for your help!
Here’s the article we wrote about VW Transporter keys breaking. Click Here to find out more.
Read more about flip keys breaking by clicking here