Latest Toyota Recall Affects 7.43 Million Cars Worldwide Due to Switch Problem
Toyota recall strikes once again. After two months since its last issued recall on August 1, the car manufacturer announced last Wednesday, October 10, 2012, its latest recall involving 7.43 million cars worldwide.
While there are no injuries or deaths that have been reported thus far, Toyota Motor Corp. points to a faulty power-window switch which can potentially cause a fire hazard from friction.
According to the press release of the company, the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS) may experience a sticky feel during operation. If the wrong kind of lubricant is applied to address the problem, there’s a possibility that the switch assembly could melt which could potentially spark into a fire under some circumstances.
Toyota added that the sticky feel may be be caused by uneven application of the grease by their supplier; in which if not applied evenly, could result into deterioration of its lubricating properties.
This latest Toyota recall is the biggest single recall issued by the company affecting 7.43 million card worldwide which includes 2.47 million in the US, 1.4 million in China, 1.39 million in Europe, 650,000 vehicles in Australia and Asia, 490,000 in the Near and Middle East, 459,300 in Japan, 240,000 in Canada and 330,000 elsewhere.
In the United States and North America, Toyota enumerated the exact models of the vehicles involved in the recall as follows:
• 2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300)
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400)
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xB (approx. 77,500)
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500)
• 2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400)
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200)
• 2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900)
• 2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800)
Toyota said that owners of the affected vehicles will receive notification letters via first class mail starting in late of this month, October 2012. The remedy will involve application of special heat-resistant fluorine grease to address the problem and will be made free for vehicle owners.
For further information, customers are being advised to call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.