2016 Toyota Tacoma: Starts Without the Key
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016
I carpooled home with Dan Frio yesterday. He drove us to his house at which point I left to take our 2016 Toyota Tacoma back to my place. Shortly after we parted ways the fuel light came on, so I found the nearest gas station. I was 10 miles from Casa de Frio.
There was nothing remarkable about the fuel stop, yet. I shut off the truck, filled up, started the truck again and merged onto the freeway. My phone rang, "Hey, it's Dan. Is the truck still running? Don't turn it off. I just found the key in my pocket."
I told him about the gas station. We laughed, mine nervous, and decided to meet at my house for the key hand-off. Safely in my driveway I turned the Tacoma off. And then I turned it on and off again four more times. It worked perfectly.
Outside of the car I slid my thumb across the driver door handle to try activating the keyless door lock. A loud chime alerted me that the key was still detected in the vehicle. I unpacked my gear and took it into the house. When I walked back out to the Tacoma and tried to start it again there was "no key detected."
Just then the hero of this story arrived on my curb. Dan passed me the key out of his car window and order was restored. Well, that was until I again tried to lock the door using the keyless feature. It alerted me that the key was still detected inside the vehicle. Except it was in my pocket.
Let's see what the dealer has to say about it.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,304 miles