Toyota has issued a safety recall involving millions of cars due to problems with the affected vehicles’ power window master switch. Reports have said that as many as 6.5 million vehicles are subject to recall due to this issue worldwide. Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has said that as much as 2 million vehicles in the U.S. are affected.
According to Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., the recent recall affects the 2007 and 2009 models of both the Camry and Camry Hybrid along with the 2009 to 2011 models of the Corolla, 2008 to 2011 models of the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2009 to 2011 models of the Matrix, 2006 to 2011 models of the RAV4, 2009 to 2011 models of the Sequoia, 2009 to 2011 models of the Tundra, 2006 to 2010 models of the Yaris, 2009 to 2011 models of the Scion xB and 2009 to 2010 models of the Scion xD.
Toyota says it’s possible that the Power Window Master Switch in the affected vehicles were manufactured with “insufficient lubricant grease.” Under certain conditions, it is possible for the switch to develop a short circuit and even cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt due to Power Window Master Switch not having enough grease applied to it. Moreover, a melting switch can actually produce smoke and potentially cause fire.
In addition, Toyota said that the company actually issued a previous recall involving 2007 to 2009 vehicles due to a similar issue. This new safety recall actually includes vehicles that were not included in the prior recall as these had been using an alternative lubricant application method.
Toyota says it will notify owners of the affected vehicles by first class mail. The motor company plans to inspect the switch of the affected vehicles and apply heat-resistant grease. Should the switch not be operating normally, Toyota will also replace the vehicle’s internal circuit board.
Meanwhile, vehicle owners can check if their vehicle is affected by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).