2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry: In Case of Key Fob Failure

March 31, 2012

2012 toyota camry keyfob

This tag fell out of the glovebox of our 2012 Toyota Camry when I was removing the owner's manual. It explains how to start the car in case of key fob failure. I found it to be interesting.

This is the first example I've seen of the work-around being as simple as holding the key over the ignition button. In the early days of keyless technology many OEMs built hidden slots someplace in the car. If the key died, you'd stick it in the slot to allow the car to start.

As I remember it Nissan's spot was left of the steering wheel, low on the dash. GM took a similar approach. The C6 Vettes had a nook in the glovebox, and it was tucked away in the center console for the STS. The Mercedes solution was removing the 'push' button manually to expose the slot behind it. Even Toyota used to use a slot in the dash, near the start button.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, a short limb, and say that of the versions I've experienced, I like the approach in our 2012 Camry best.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 6,565 miles

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