Toyota Recall 2012: Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles worldwide to fix Power Window switch (Model List)

By on Oct 10, 2012 in Asia, Australia, Automobile, Europe, Middle East, United States, World Comments

Updated: November 14, 2012 10:23 p.m.

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Toyota Motor Corp. announced on voluntary recall this Wednesday, October 10, 2012, recalling around 7.43 million vehicles worldwide, including Yaris, Corolla, Camry, Highlander, among others. This is due to faulty Power Window switch that could cause fire. Below is the complete list of models affected and their respective quantities and model years.

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According to BBC News that day, this latest worldwide Toyota recall is the biggest single recall since Ford recalled around 8 million vehicles back in 1996, 16 years ago. It affects 1.39 million cars in Europe, 138,000 in the UK, 1.4 million in China, 459,000 vehicles in Japan, 650,000 in Australia and Asia, among others.

“What we’re talking about is the power switch on the driver’s door and there is a very, very outside chance that there could be melting inside the switch,” Steve Settle, Customer Services director for Toyota GB, told the paper, as he apologizes for the trouble the recall might cause to their customers.

“But there are some vehicle agencies around the world that interpret melting as fire. We’ve no evidence of fire and our engineer testing of this item doesn’t reveal any chance of fire.” Settle added, noting that the repair on the recalled vehicles will take only about 40 minutes and will be free of charge.

As noted in the report by Toyota USA on its official press website, approximately 2.5 million vehicles will be inspected and special fluorine grease will be applied to the Power Window Master Switch (PWMS) on the driver’s side. No accidents or injuries were reported due to this latest recall.

“The driver’s side PWMS may experience a “notchy” or sticky feel during operation. If commercially available lubricants are applied to the switch in an attempt to address the “notchy” or sticky feel, melting of the switch assembly or smoke could occur and lead to a fire under some circumstances.” A statement reads at Pressroom.Toyota.com.

“If the grease is not applied evenly, frequent use of the switch and normal operation may cause the grease to become carbonized and may eventually result in the deterioration of its lubricating properties.” The Japanese car company added, noting that they will send a notification letter to all affected owners starting late this month.

Below is the complete list of the affected vehicles in the US brought about by this latest Toyota recall. For more information, customers are being advised to contact Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331, or visit www.toyota.com/recall.

* 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 xA (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)



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