Opening, closing and locking the doors

Lexus RX / Lexus RX Owners manual / Before driving / Opening, closing and locking the doors

Smart access system with push-button start

The following operations can be performed simply by carrying the electronic
key (including the card key) on your person, for example in your
pocket.
(The driver should always carry the electronic key.)

1. Locks and unlocks the side doors.

1. Locks and unlocks the side doors.
2. Locks and unlocks the back door .
3. Starts the hybrid system.

Unlocking and locking the side doors (front door handles only)

Grip the handle to unlock the

Grip the handle to unlock the
door.
Make sure to touch the sensor on
the back of the handle.
The doors cannot be unlocked for
3 seconds after the doors are
locked.

Touch the lock sensor (the indentation

Touch the lock sensor (the indentation
on the upper part of the
door handle) to lock the doors.

Unlocking and locking the back door

Press the button to unlock the

Press the button to unlock the
door.
The door cannot be unlocked for 3
seconds after the door is locked.

Press the button to lock the door.

Press the button to lock the door.

Antenna location and effective range

Antenna location

1. Antennas outside the cabin.

1. Antennas outside the cabin.
2. Antennas inside the cabin.
3. Antenna inside the luggage
compartment.
4. Antenna outside the luggage
compartment.

Effective range (areas within which the electronic key is detected)

When locking or unlocking

the doors.When locking or unlocking
the doors.
The system can be operated
when the electronic key is
within about 2.3 ft. (0.7 m) of
an outside door handle. (Only
the doors detecting the key
can be operated.)

system or changingWhen starting the hybrid
system or changing
“POWER” switch modes.
The system can be operated
when the electronic key is
inside the vehicle.

Operation signals

A buzzer sounds and the emergency flashers flash to indicate that the doors have
been locked/unlocked. (Locked: Once; Unlocked: Twice)

When the door cannot be locked by the lock sensor on the upper part of the door
handle

Touch both lock sensors on the upper and

Touch both lock sensors on the upper and
lower part of the door handle simultaneously.

Alarms and warning indicators

A combination of exterior and interior alarms as well as warning messages shown
on the multi-information display is used to prevent theft of the vehicle and accidents
resulting from erroneous operation. Take appropriate measures in response to any
warning message on the multi-information display.
The following table describes circumstances and correction procedures when only
alarms are sounded.

Security feature

Security feature

If a door is not opened within approximately 60 seconds after the vehicle is
unlocked, the security feature automatically locks the vehicle again.

Battery-saving function

In the following circumstances, the entry function is disabled in order to prevent the
vehicle 12-volt battery from discharging and the electronic key battery from depleting.
When the entry function has not been used for 5 days or more
When the electronic key has been left within approximately 6 ft. (2 m) of the
vehicle for 10 minutes or more
If the entry function has not been used for 14 days or more, the vehicle cannot
be unlocked by a door other than the driver's door. To unlock the vehicle, grip
the driver's door handle or use the wireless remote control or the mechanical
key.
The system will resume operation when:
The vehicle is locked using the lock sensor.
The vehicle is locked/unlocked using the wireless remote control function.
The vehicle is locked/unlocked using the mechanical key.

Conditions affecting operation

The smart access system with push-button start uses weak radio waves. In the following
situations, the communication between the electronic key and the vehicle
may be affected, preventing the smart access system with push-button start, wireless
remote control and immobilizer system from operating properly.
When the electronic key battery is depleted.
Near a TV tower, electric power plant, gas station, radio station, large display,
airport or other facility that generates strong radio waves or electrical noise.
When carrying a portable radio, cellular phone, cordless phone or other wireless
communication devices.
When the electronic key is in contact with, or is covered by the following metallic
objects.
• Cards to which aluminum foil is attached.
• Cigarette boxes that have aluminum foil inside.
• Metallic wallets or bags.
• Coins.
• Hand warmers made of metal.
• Media such as CDs and DVDs.
When multiple electronic keys are in the vicinity.
When another wireless key (that emits radio waves) is being used nearby.
When carrying the electronic key together with the following devices that emit
radio waves.
• Another vehicle's electronic key or a wireless key that emits radio waves.
• Personal computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
• Digital audio players.
• Portable game systems.
If window tint with a metallic content or metallic objects are attached to the rear
window.

Note for the entry function

l Even when the electronic key is within the effective range (detection areas), the
system may not operate properly in the following cases:
• The electronic key is too close to the window or outside door handle, near the
ground, or in a high place when the doors are locked or unlocked.
• The electronic key is on the instrument panel, luggage cover or floor, or in the
glove box.
As long as the electronic key is within the effective range, the doors may be
locked or unlocked by anyone. However, only the doors detecting the electronic
key can be used to unlock the vehicle.
The doors may lock or unlock if the electronic key is within the effective range
and a large amount of water splashes on the door handle, such as in the rain or
in a car wash. The doors will automatically be locked after approximately 60
seconds if a door is not opened and closed.
If the wireless remote control is used to lock the doors when the electronic key
is near the vehicle, there is a possibility that the door may not be unlocked by the
entry function. (Use the wireless remote control to unlock the doors.)

Notes for locking the doors

Touching the door lock sensor while wearing gloves may delay or prevent lock
operation. Remove the gloves and touch the lock sensor again.
When the lock operation is performed using the lock sensor, recognition signals
will be shown up to two consecutive times. After this, no recognition signals will
be given.
If the door handle becomes wet while the electronic key is within the effective
range, the door may lock and unlock repeatedly. Place the key in a position 6 ft.
(2 m) or more separate from the vehicle while the vehicle is being washed. (Take
care to ensure that the key is not stolen.)
If the electronic key is inside the vehicle and a door handle becomes wet during
a car wash, a message may be shown on the multi-information display and a
buzzer will sound outside the vehicle. To turn off the alarm, lock all the doors.
The lock sensor may not work properly if it comes into contact with ice, snow,
mud, etc. Clean the lock sensor and attempt to operate it again, or use the lock
sensor on the lower part of the door handle.
Fingernails may scrape against the door during operation of the door handle.
Be careful not to injure fingernails or damage the surface of the door.

Notes for the unlocking function

Gripping the door handle when wearing a glove may not unlock the door.
A sudden approach to the effective range or door handle may prevent the
doors from being unlocked. In this case, return the door handle to the original
position and check that the doors unlock before pulling the door handle again.
If there is another electronic key in the detection area, it may take slightly longer
to unlock the doors after the door handle is gripped.

When the vehicle is not driven for extended periods

To prevent theft of the vehicle, do not leave the electronic key within 6 ft. (2 m)
of the vehicle.
The smart access system with push-button start can be deactivated in advance.

To operate the system properly

Make sure to carry the electronic key when operating the system. Do not get the
electronic key too close to the vehicle when operating the system from the outside
of the vehicle.
Depending on the position and holding condition of the electronic key, the key may
not be detected correctly and the system may not operate properly. (The alarm may
go off accidentally, or the door lock prevention may not function.)

If the smart access system with push-button start does not operate properly

Locking and unlocking the doors: Use the mechanical key.

Electronic key battery depletion

The standard battery life is 1 to 2 years. (The card key battery life is about a year
and a half.).
As the electronic key always transmits radio waves, the battery will become
depleted even if the electronic key is not used. The following symptoms indicate
that the electronic key battery may be depleted. Replace the battery when necessary.
• The smart access system with push-button start or the wireless remote control
does not operate.
• The detection area becomes smaller.
• The LED indicator on the key surface does not turn on.
To avoid serious deterioration, do not leave the electronic key within 3 ft. (1 m) of
the following electrical appliances that produce a magnetic field:
• TVs.
• Personal computers.
• Cellular phones, cordless phones and battery chargers.
• Recharging cellular phones or cordless phones.
• Glass top ranges.
• Table lamps.

Customization

Settings (e.g. smart access system with push-button start) can be changed.

Certification for the smart access system with push-button start

This system meets the certification requirements of Radio Low.
- For vehicles sold in the U.S.A.
FCC ID: NI4TMLF8-6.
FCC ID: HYQ13CZF.
FCC ID: HYQ14ACX.
FCC ID: HYQ14AEB.

NOTE:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.

FCC WARNING:
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

For vehicles sold in Canada.

NOTE:
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of the device.

CAUTION:
Caution regarding interference with electronic devices
People with implanted pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators should keep away
from the smart access system antennas.
The radio waves may affect the operation of such devices. If necessary, the entry
function can be disabled. Ask your Lexus dealer for details, such as the frequency
of radio waves and timing of emitting the radio waves. Then, consult your doctor
to see if you should disable the entry function.
User of any electrical medical device other than implanted pacemakers and
implanted cardiac defibrillators should consult the manufacturer of the device for
information about its operation under the influence of radio waves.
Radio waves could have unexpected effects on the operation of such medical
devices.
Ask your Lexus dealer for disabling the entry function.

Wireless remote control

The wireless remote control can be used to lock and unlock the vehicle.
It also opens and closes the back door.

- Vehicles without a power back door.

1. Locks all the doors.

1. Locks all the doors.
2. Unlocks all the doors.
Pressing the button unlocks the
driver’s door. Pressing the button
again within 3 seconds
unlocks the other doors.
3. Opens the windows and
moon roof (press and hold)*.
4. Sounds the alarm
(press and hold).
*: This setting must be customized
at your Lexus dealer.

- Vehicles with a power back door.

1. Locks all the doors.

1. Locks all the doors.
2. Unlocks all the doors.
Pressing the button unlocks the
driver’s door. Pressing the button
again within 3 seconds
unlocks the other doors.
3. Opens the windows and
moon roof (press and hold)*.
4. Opens and closes the back
door (press and hold).
5. Sounds the alarm
(press and hold).
*: This setting must be customized
at your Lexus dealer.

Operation signals

Side doors: A buzzer sounds and the emergency flashers flash to indicate that the
doors have been locked/unlocked. (Locked: Once; Unlocked: Twice)
Back door: A buzzer sounds and the emergency flashers flash twice to indicate
that the back door is opening/closing.
Windows and moon roof: A buzzer sounds to indicate that the windows and moon
roof are opening.

Door lock buzzer

If an attempt to lock the doors is made when a door is not fully closed, a buzzer
sounds continuously. Fully close the door to stop the buzzer, and lock the vehicle
once more.

Panic mode

When is pressed for longer than

When about one second, an alarm will sound intermittentlyis pressed for longer than
about one second, an alarm will sound intermittently
and the vehicle lights will flash to
deter any person from trying to break into or
damage your vehicle.
To stop the alarm, press any button on the
electronic key.

Back door operation

The back door can be opened even if it is locked. Lock the back door again when
you leave the vehicle. The back door will not lock automatically after it has been
opened and then closed.

Alarm

Using the wireless remote control to lock the doors will set the alarm system.

Reversing the operation of the power back door

Pressing the wireless remote control switch again while the power back door is
operating will cause the operation to reverse.

If the wireless remote control does not operate properly

Locking and unlocking the doors: Use the mechanical key.

Customization

Settings (e.g. door unlocking function) can be changed.

Certification for wireless remote control

This system meets the certification requirements of Radio Law.
- For vehicles sold in the U.S.A.
FCC ID: NI4TMLF8-6.
FCC ID: HYQ13CZF.
FCC ID: HYQ14ACX.
FCC ID: HYQ14AEB.

NOTE:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.

FCC WARNING:
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
For vehicles sold in Canada.

NOTE:
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of the device.

Side doors

The vehicle can be locked and unlocked using the entry function, wireless
remote control or door lock switches.

Door lock switches

1. Locks all the doors.

1. Locks all the doors.
2. Unlocks all the doors.

Inside lock buttons

1. Locks the door.

1. Locks the door.
2. Unlocks the door.
The front doors can be opened
by pulling the inside handle even
if the lock buttons are in the lock
position.

Locking the front doors from the outside without a key

1. Move the inside lock button to the lock position.
2. Close the door.
The door cannot be locked if the “POWER” switch is in ACCESSORY or
ON mode, or the electronic key is left inside the vehicle.
The key may not be detected correctly and the door may be locked.

Rear door child-protector lock

The door cannot be opened from

The door cannot be opened from
inside the vehicle when the lock is
set.
These locks can be set to prevent
children from opening the rear
doors. Push down on each rear
door switch to lock both rear
doors.

Impact detection door lock release system

In the event that the vehicle is subject to a strong impact, all the doors are unlocked.
Depending on the force of the impact or the type of accident, however, the system
may not operate.

Using the mechanical key

The doors can also be locked and unlocked with the mechanical key.

If a wrong key is used

The key cylinder rotates freely to protect the inside mechanism.

Customization

Settings (e.g. unlocking function using a key) can be changed.

CAUTION:
To prevent an accident
Observe the following precautions while driving the vehicle.
Failure to do so may result in a door opening and an occupant falling out, resulting
in death or serious injury.
Always use a seat belt.
Always lock all the doors.
Ensure that all the doors are properly closed.
Do not pull the inside handle of the doors while driving.
The doors may be opened and the passengers are thrown out of the vehicle,
resulting in serious injury or death.
Be especially careful with the front doors, as the doors may be opened even if the
inside lock buttons are in the locked position.
Set the rear door child protector locks when children are seated in the rear seats.
When opening or closing a door
Check the surroundings of the vehicle such as whether the vehicle is on an incline,
whether there is enough space for a door to open and whether a strong wind is
blowing.
When opening or closing the door, hold the door handle tightly to prepare for any
unpredictable movement.

Back door

The back door can be locked/unlocked and opened/closed by the following
procedures:

Opening the back door from outside the vehicle

- Back door opener button

Raise the back door while pushing

Raise the back door while pushing
up the back door opener
switch.

- Wireless remote control (vehicles with a power back door).

Opening the back door from inside the vehicle (vehicles with a
power back door)

Press the switch to open/close.

Press the switch to open/close.
Pressing the switch again while
the power back door is operating
will cause the operation to
reverse.

Power back door switch (vehicles with a power back door)

Press the switch to close the back

Press the switch to close the back
door.
Pressing the switch again while the
power back door is closing will
cause it to open again.

Canceling the power back door system (vehicles with a power back door)

Turn off the main switch in the glove box to disable the power back door
system.

1. On.

1. On.
2. Off.
The back door cannot be opened
even with the wireless remote control
or power back door switch.

The power back door can be operated when

The back door is unlocked. (Except for using the wireless remote control)
The power back door main switch is on.
To open the power back door when the “POWER” switch is in ON mode, the
power back door main switch must be on, the vehicle speed must be lower than
1 mph (3 km/h) and the shift lever must be in P.

Back door handle

Use the back door handle when lowering the

Use the back door handle when lowering the
back door.
Do not close the back door fully while still
holding the door handle as an injury may
result.

Luggage compartment lights

The luggage compartment lights turn on

The luggage compartment lights turn on
when the back door is opened with the luggage
compartment light switch on.

Back door closer (vehicles with a power back door)

In the event that the back door is left slightly open, the back door closer will automatically
close it to the fully closed position.
The back door closer will operate regardless of “POWER” switch mode.
The back door can be opened while the back door closer is operating by pressing
the back door opener button.

Power back door operation

A buzzer sounds and the emergency flashers flash twice to indicate that the
back door is opening/closing.
The back door can still be opened and closed manually, even when the power
back door main switch is off.
Pressing the back door opener button while the power back door system is
operating will cause the back door to switch to manual operation.
If anything obstructs the power back door while it is closing/opening, a buzzer
will sound and the back door will automatically operate in the opposite direction.
If two or more successive attempts are made to close the back door, a buzzer
will sound and the back door will switch to manual operation.

Jam protection function (vehicles with a power back door)

Sensors are attached to the left and right

Sensors are attached to the left and right
sides of the power back door. If these sensors
detect an obstruction while the power back
door is closing, the jam protection function
will return the door to the fully open position.

After the back door has been opened and then closed

Lock the back door again as the back door will not lock automatically.

Luggage mode (vehicles with electronically modulated air suspension)

Pressing the vehicle height selector switch to lower the vehicle height makes loading
luggage easier.

If the back door opener is inoperative

The back door can be opened from the inside.

Remove the cover.

Remove the cover.
Move the lever.
- Vehicles with a power back door.

- Vehicles without a power back door.

- Vehicles without a power back door.

When re-connecting the 12-volt battery and changing a fuse

When re-connecting the 12-volt battery and changing a fuse

To enable the power back door system to operate properly, perform the following
procedures to initialize the system:
Unlock the back door using the door lock switch.
Lower the back door manually using the back door handle and fully close the
back door by pushing it down.

CAUTION:
Caution while driving
Keep the back door closed while driving.
If the back door is left open, it may hit nearby objects while driving or luggage
may be unexpectedly thrown out, causing an accident.
In addition, exhaust gases may enter the vehicle, causing death or a serious
health hazard. Make sure to close the back door before driving.
Before driving the vehicle, make sure that the back door is fully closed. If the back
door is not fully closed, it may open unexpectedly while driving, causing an accident.
Never let anyone sit in the luggage compartment. In the event of sudden braking
or a collision, they are susceptible to death or serious injury.
When children are in the vehicle
Observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.
Do not leave children alone in the luggage compartment.
If a child is accidentally locked in the luggage compartment, they could overheat.
Do not allow a child to open or close the back door.
Doing so may cause the back door to operate unexpectedly, or cause the child’s
hands, head, or neck to be caught by the closing back door, which may result in
death or serious injury of the child.
Operating the back door
Observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may cause parts of the body to be caught, resulting in serious injury.
Remove any heavy loads, such as snow and ice, from the back door before opening
it. Failure to do so may cause the back door to fall closed again after it is
opened.

CAUTION:
When opening or closing the back door, thoroughly check to make sure the surrounding
area is safe.
If anyone is in the vicinity, make sure they are safe and let them know that the back
door is about to open or close.
Use caution when opening or closing the back door in windy weather as it may
move abruptly in strong wind.

The back door may fall if it is not opened

The back door may fall if it is not opened
fully. It is more difficult to open or close the
back door on an incline than on a level surface,
so beware of the back door unexpectedly
opening or closing by itself. Make sure
that the back door is fully open and secure
before using the luggage compartment.

When closing the back door, take extra

When closing the back door, take extra
care to prevent your fingers etc. from being
caught.
When closing the back door, make sure to
press it lightly on its outer surface. If the
back door handle is used to fully close the
back door, it may result in hands or arms
being caught.
Do not pull on the back door damper stay to close the back door, and do not
hang on the back door damper stay.
Doing so may cause hands to be caught or the back door damper stay to break,
causing an accident.
Do not attach any accessories other than genuine Lexus parts to the back door.
Such additional weight on the back door may cause the back door to fall closed
again after it is opened.

CAUTION:
Back door closer

In the event that the back door is left slightly

In the event that the back door is left slightly
open, the back door closer will automatically
close it to the fully closed position. It
takes several seconds before the back
door closer begins to operate. Be careful
not to catch fingers or anything else in the
back door, as this may cause bone fractures
or other serious injuries.
Use caution when using the back door closer as it still operates when the power
back door system is cancelled.
Power back door
Observe the following precautions when operating the power back door.
Failure to do so may cause serious injury.
Check the safety of the surrounding area to make sure there are no obstacles or
anything that could cause any of your belongings to get caught.
If anyone is in the vicinity, make sure they are safe and let them know that the back
door is about to open or close.
If the power back door switch is pressed while the back door is opening during
automatic operation, the back door stops opening. Take extra care when on an
incline, as the back door may open or close suddenly.
If the operating conditions of the power back door are no longer met, a buzzer
may sound and the back door may stop opening or closing. The back door then
has to be operated manually. Take extra care in this situation, as the back door
may move abruptly.
If the power back door main switch is turned off while the power back door is
operating, the back door will change to manual operation. In this case, be careful
as the back door may move suddenly.
On an incline, the back door may fall after it opens automatically. Make sure the
back door is fully open and secure.

CAUTION:
In the following situations, the power back door may detect an abnormality and
automatic operation may be stopped. In this case, the back door has to be operated
manually. Take extra care in this situation, as the stopped back door may suddenly
fall, causing an accident.
• When the back door contacts an obstacle.
• When the 12-volt battery voltage suddenly drops, such as when the
“POWER” switch is turned to ON mode or the hybrid system is started during
automatic operation.
Do not attach any accessories other than genuine Lexus parts to the back door.
The power back door may not operate, causing itself to malfunction, or the back
door may fall closed again after it is opened.
In cases such as when replacing tires, make sure to turn off the power back door
main switch. Failure to do so may cause the back door to operate unintentionally
if the power back door switch is accidentally touched, resulting in hands and fingers
being caught and injured.

CAUTION:
Jam protection function
Observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may cause serious injury.
Be careful while the jam protection function is operating. Being hit by the back
door may result in an injury.
Although the back door stops closing when the jam protection function detects
an object, take extra care as you may still be injured if part of your body is already
caught.
If anything obstructs the power back door while it is closing, the jam protection
function will cause the back door to automatically operate in the opposite direction.
However, be careful not to jam body parts in the doorframe, as an injury may
result.
Never use any part of your body to intentionally activate the jam protection function.
The jam protection function may not work if something gets caught just before
the back door fully closes. Be careful not to catch fingers or anything else.
The jam protection function may not work depending on the shape of the object
that is caught. Be careful not to catch fingers or anything else.
The sensors located on the right and left sides of the power back door detect
obstructions and prevent them from becoming jammed in the door. Some objects
may not be detected depending on their shape or how they are jammed. Be careful
not to get fingers or other body parts caught in the back door while it is operating
as this may result in a serious injury.

NOTICE:
Back door damper stays
The back door is equipped with damper stays that hold the back door in place.
Observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may cause damage to the back door damper stay, resulting in malfunction.

Do not attach any foreign objects, such as

Do not attach any foreign objects, such as
stickers, plastic sheets, or adhesives to the
damper stay rod.
Do not touch the damper stay rod with
gloves or other fabric items.
Do not attach any accessories other than
genuine Lexus parts to the back door.
Do not place your hand on the damper stay
or apply lateral forces to it.
To prevent back door closer malfunction
Do not apply excessive force to the back door while the back door closer is operating.
If the back door is opened and closed repeatedly in a short amount of time, the
back door closer may stop operating. In this case, manually open the back door
once and wait for a while before attempting to close it again.
To prevent damage to the power back door
Make sure that there is no ice between the back door and frame that would prevent
movement of the back door. Operating the power back door when excessive
load is present on the back door may cause a malfunction.
Do not apply excessive force to the back door while the power back door is operating.
Take care not to damage the sensors (installed on the right and left edges of the
power back door) with a knife or other sharp object. If the sensor is disconnected,
the power back door will not operate in automatic operation.
When manually closing the back door immediately after the power back door
has been automatically opened fully, some resistance may be felt.

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