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Blind spot warning doesn't work for merge?

Has anyone noticed, that when merging onto a freeway, left blinker on, if there's a car in the blind spot, the warning in the mirror doesn't come on? This only happens to me when merging into traffic. It works OK otherwise when cars come into my blind spot from behind. Wife tells me I HAVE to look over my shoulder when merging. So far, she's right. I've been honked more than once.
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Has anyone noticed, that when merging onto a freeway, left blinker on, if there's a car in the blind spot, the warning in the mirror doesn't come on? This only happens to me when merging into traffic. It works OK otherwise when cars come into my blind spot from behind. Wife tells me I HAVE to look over my shoulder when merging. So far, she's right. I've been honked more than once.
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2016 should be under warranty.
Dealer service dept can check and as a safety issue it should be covered under warranty if it needs adjustment or has a part failure.
My experience is that the blind warning is usually good when cars are in the adjacent lane and nearby and the warning system is VERY specific to aim directly behind and beside you in the lane next to the car.
Most on-ramps are a bit askew to directly behind the car. More like a 15-25 degree oblique. It would be teh second lane over if you were on the freeway.
The sensor "AIM" would be crazy, if it was wide and aimed the beam 30 degrees wide. The car would be sensing two lanes over at every car that was near you. You and I would turn off the system if it was beeping all of the time.

Reasonable observation would be a careful test of the system if you are concerned. Look for that specific on-ramp that you are not warned with, and look at the angles. Take a careful look to see if you are expecting more than what it is capable of.
Remember that the sensor has a window to look at and see if it's asking too much. My wife has told me this same issue and the on-ramp to the 5 that she has it happen, is below the freeway level by 4 feet and is about 25 degrees off the rear of the car.

I think the dealer should be able to check it and don't expect more than what it is capable of.

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I've been honked more than once.
Drivers use horns in Cali now? Gads, not so long ago if someone used the horn you could be pretty sure they were a tourist from the (far) right side of the country. Same here in Arizona. During summer (when the snowbirds have gone home) you never hear a car horn but winter? Locals look at each other and say "they're back."

Seriously, as others have already mentioned if your on ramp is at an angle or not at the same level as that right freeway lane there's a chance the sensor won't see the vehicle. That's what the Mark I Eyeball is for.

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2016 should be under warranty.
Dealer service dept can check and as a safety issue it should be covered under warranty if it needs adjustment or has a part failure.
My experience is that the blind warning is usually good when cars are in the adjacent lane and nearby and the warning system is VERY specific to aim directly behind and beside you in the lane next to the car.
Most on-ramps are a bit askew to directly behind the car. More like a 15-25 degree oblique. It would be teh second lane over if you were on the freeway.
The sensor "AIM" would be crazy, if it was wide and aimed the beam 30 degrees wide. The car would be sensing two lanes over at every car that was near you. You and I would turn off the system if it was beeping all of the time.

Reasonable observation would be a careful test of the system if you are concerned. Look for that specific on-ramp that you are not warned with, and look at the angles. Take a careful look to see if you are expecting more than what it is capable of.
Remember that the sensor has a window to look at and see if it's asking too much. My wife has told me this same issue and the on-ramp to the 5 that she has it happen, is below the freeway level by 4 feet and is about 25 degrees off the rear of the car.

I think the dealer should be able to check it and don't expect more than what it is capable of.
Thank you, Phil. You've answered my question. Ray A.
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All good explanations, especially the one that says, " Do not become dependent on all those goofy gadgets that are supposed to make driving safer-they don't!" I have the blind spot warning, and still make the effort to turn and look. Helps to keep my neck/back young and supple! (might even be helping minimize the number of my chins...)
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