159 - 'Vehicle protection system not available'
Hi, first post here and in need of a bit of help.
My dad just went to start his 159, but as he put the key in, he was given the message 'Vehicle protection system not available'. Everything seems to function properly, but as soon as the starter button is pressed, everything sort of shuts down and turns off, and the engine doesn't even attempt to turn over. There is also an icon of what he described as 'a car with a padlock through it' on the display. The remote central locking still functions properly after attemping to start it, though. I did a Google but couldn't find anything that matched all of the above symptoms.
Just wondered if this is a common problem, and whether anyone knows what the likely cause of this is. It's an '06 1.9 JTS if that makes any difference.
Thanks in advance,