Toyota recalls keyboards due to 'unintended keystroke phenomenon' - NITSA
|// 2010 April Fools News Piece
Bad news just keeps coming for Toyota. In addition to their now infamous 'sticky accelerators", reports are trickling in of another serious issue with one of Toyota's lesser known products -- their keyboards, the aptly named Keyus, have been under investigation by the National Internet Traffic Safety Administration (NITSA) for the so called "unintended keystroke phenomenon" due to significant amount of complaints. Reports indicate that a high degree of repetitive keyboard entries are noticed, even when the user is not typing. APH Networks got an exclusive insider look, thanks to an anonymous insider who does not wish to be named.
According to this source, this problem is prevalent on the Windows platform, where the Sticky Keys feature compounds the problem due to a possible firmware error. To all intents and purposes, this phenomenon cannot be replicated in Toyota's labs, but can happen in real life without prior notice. Word on the street is that once this phenomenon occurs, users of these defective keyboards have to manually disconnect their devices from their computers to prevent possible fatal errors. However, sometimes said users panic and are not able to remove their keyboard in time before a fatal keystroke is executed, causing their computer to crash and result in irreversible data loss. The official Toyota statement on this issue attributes the problems to improperly installed palm rests, which causes the keys to stick.
Thankfully, I have not been the victim of this unintended keystroke phenomenon, and neither have any of my close friends or colleagues. But as stated above, this has only happened to a select number of users throughout the world. I am typing this article on my 2007 Toyota Keyus keyboard and have experienced no such issues.
If you own a Toyota keyboard, it may well be susceptible to the unintended keystroke phenomenon. Hand it in to your nearest Toyota Computer Parts Dealer and they will replace your palm rest, free of chargeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee