YONKERS,N.Y. – The twilight zone of car remotes is no more.
A Yonkers bar owner said Thursday night that the mystery behind the force field blocking keyless car remotes and baffling Yonkers Avenue drivers has been fixed.
“As of now we are all set and the car alarms are working,” said Ian Selner, owner of Duo Tapas Bar & Lounge.
As it turns out, the mystery interference causing keyless fobs to fail in a small section of town came from a faulty device at Selner’s bar at 748 Yonkers Ave.
A Massachusetts expert identified the source earlier this week as a piece of malfunctioning lighting equipment used by the disc jockeys, Selner said. The bar owner said he was just as baffled as everyone else about the phenomenon and surprised to learn the culprit was right in his bar.
“I hated it when we found out that it was coming from our place, but I’m glad we figured out the problem,” he said.
Shortly after Duo Tapas Bar opened in November drivers parked on Yonkers Avenue between Orient Street and Page Avenue noticed they couldn’t use their remote devices.
But when the cars were pushed or towed a short distance, the devices would suddenly come back to life. Selner said the bar wasn’t spared the effects and fielded a number of complaints from stranded patrons.
“We were affected as much as anyone else,” he said. “It was going on for months.”
For now, Selner said, the faulty switch remains unplugged. But he plans to fix or replace the device in the future, welcome news for drivers and area business owners.
“I’m just glad they found out what was going on,” said Vic Joseph, a clerk at the nearby Yonkers Mini Mart and Deli.