World’s biggest carmaker abandons 'smart' keys
Toyota customers in Japan will receive a mechanical key instead of a “smart” version when they purchase new vehicles, Reuters reported on Thursday.
One of the two electronic devices will be replaced with a basic alternative the agency explained, quoting the carmaker’s statement.
“As the shortage of semiconductors continues, this is a provisional measure aimed at delivering cars to customers as quickly as possible,” Toyota said. A second smart key will be handed over “as soon as it is ready,” the statement adds.
The global chip shortage that started during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe supply issues and delays with the automotive and other industries.
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