Toyota customers will reportedly receive a mechanical key instead of a “smart” one due to a semiconductor shortage © Getty Images/polarica

Toyota customers in Japan will get a mechanical key instead of a “smart” one when they get their new vehicle, Reuters reported on Thursday.

One of the two electronic “smart” keys will be replaced with a basic one, 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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