Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles over defective window switch

The biggest carmakers seem to be in getting into a habit of recalling vehicles. Toyota recalled about 10 million vehicles across the world for faulty Takata airbags. Then Volkswagen emission scandal came to light and then it was forced to recall 8.5 million vehicles in the European Union by German authorities. Today, Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles over a power window glitch that presented a fire risk.

The recall affects certain Toyota Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles built between August 2005 and August 2006 and January 2009 and December 2010. These vehicles were produced between January 2005 and August 2006, and August 2008 and June 2010, in Japan, Toyota said. The cars also include those manufactured outside of Japan between August 2005 and August 2006, and January 2009 and December 2010

A statement from Toyota says: “If insufficient grease was applied, under certain conditions the switch may develop a short circuit that can cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt. In the worst case, a melting switch can produce smoke and potentially lead to a fire.”

Of the total 6.5 million, about 2.7 million cars were sold in North America, 1.2 million in Europe, and 600,000 in Japan, the company said.

A driver’s side power window master switch could short circuit and cause parts to overheat and melt, Toyota said in a statement ‘In the worst case, a melting switch can produce smoke and potentially lead to a fire adding that it will notify impacted owners and ask them to make an appointment at a Toyota dealer.

The whole process will not take more than 45 minutes and if it is beyond repair in certain cases, the complete module will be replaced free of charge. The carmaker says owners affected by a previous power window switch recall in 2012 will not be impacted by the new recall. The company said it had not received reports of death or fire tied to the defect.

 

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