FC200 Ignition Interlock
The LifeSafer FC200 represents the latest generation of ignition interlock technology, offering full functionality in a discreet, compact form. The FC-200 features dual-sensor technology which provides a number of advantages:
- Removable, sanitary mouthpiece
- Low power consumption
- Removable handset
- Instructions in multiple languages
The above video gives you a complete overview of the FC200, how it’s installed, how to operate it, and everything you need to know about bringing in your ignition interlock-equipped vehicle for monitoring and calibration. If you have any additional questions don’t hesitate to call LifeSafer of Canada at 888-769-6080.
- Place a clean mouthpiece in the device.
- The words “Alcohol Test” will appear on the screen. Press the “up” or “down” button to warm up the device.
- After warm-up, the words “blow 5 seconds” will appear.
- Blow into the device, making a sound like the word “do”, extending the word, as in “dooooooo.”
- The device will emit a long tone, indicating that the test was correctly done. The screen will flash the message, “Wait.”
- If you pass, the screen will flash the message “Pass” followed by “Start engine now.”
Sometimes a user will not perform a test properly. This is nothing to worry about, as you will have the chance to repeat a test without recording a fail.
- If you have not blown or hummed into the device properly, the “Abort” sign will flash, followed by a message indicating what was wrong, e.g. “Blow Shorter” or “Blow Harder.” There is then a waiting interval, usually 45 seconds, before you can blow again.
- If you abort, make sure your mouthpiece is clean and dry. If not, replace.
- If you abort multiple times, screens will appear with tips on how to blow correctly. You will then be able to test again.
- An “Alcohol Warning” message is not a fail. It means that a low level of alcohol was discovered on your breath. This could be the result of eating something with a small alcohol content. Rinse your mouth with water and test again.
- If the device detects a sufficient amount of alcohol, the “Fail” message will appear, and the device will go into temporary lockout. This means you must wait a period of time before your next test. The lockout period varies by province, and could be between 5 minutes and 24 hours. A screen message will tell you when the temporary lockout will end.
- A failed test is recorded, and the information sent to monitoring authorities (see Early Recall).
- Once you have passed your test and are driving, you will be required to perform rolling re-test periodically.
- Your handset will emit a beep tone, and the word “Blow” will appear on the screen. Perform the test as normal.
- If you fail the test, or refuse to take it within the allotted 5 or 6 minutes, the violation will be recorded and your vehicle’s horn will sound until the vehicle is shut off.
- Note: The device cannot shut off your vehicle.
- If your car stalls, you will have a few minutes to re-start your car without needing to take a test.
- Avoid medicines that contain alcohol before taking your test.
- Avoid foods that can produce trace amounts of alcohol in the mouth. These include fruit drinks, ripening fruit, pizza dough and baked goods (which contain yeast).
- If any of these foods or drinks cause an Alcohol Warning message, rinse your mouth out with water, take a few breaths of fresh air, and re-take the test.
- Every month you will bring your vehicle in so the device can be calibrated and the data downloaded.
- If you miss your scheduled service appointment, the device will start a countdown toward a lockdown. You must bring in your vehicle before that date or your vehicle will go into permanent lockout.
If you miss your service appointment, after the countdown your device will go into permanent lockout. This means that the vehicle cannot be started, and will have to be towed to the service center to be reset.
If a violation is recorded – either a failed test or an attempt to tamper with or circumvent the device – the FC200 will go into early recall mode. A countdown starts, and the vehicle must be brought to the service provider to be checked and data downloaded before the designated time or the vehicle will go into permanent lockout.
During extreme cold weather any ignition interlock will need time to warm up. Ask your provider to program up to 3 warm-up periods. This will power your device automatically at a designated time, so your car will be ready to start without needing to wait.
This page is also available in: French