Toyota recalls 7.43 million cars due to potentially defective power window switch

    Consumer Reports News: October 10, 2012 10:53 AM

    More than 7.4 million Toyota vehicles are being recalled worldwide—the largest ever since 1996—because of bad power window switches, said Toyota Motor Corp. The driver's door-mounted switches may have a "notchy" or "sticky" feel to them during operation. And if drivers use oil or other lubricants to correct the problem, the switch assembly could melt, emit smoke or even cause a fire.

    Toyota says the sticky window switches are found in the following models of Toyota cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks:

    • 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)

    UPDATE: Oct. 11, 2012
    And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the sticky window switch issue also affects an undisclosed number of 2009 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, General Motor's mechanical twin to the Toyota Matrix.

    Toyota says it has not received any reports of injuries or accidents due to the faulty window switches. But approximately 2.5 million Toyota vehicles in the U.S. and another 240,000 in Canada may be affected by the issue. Approximately 1.4 million vehicles each in China and Europe may also have sticky window switches, said a Toyota spokesman.

    The companies expect to notify affected owners in North America later this month to bring their vehicles in to dealerships for a free inspection and, if needed, an application of special fluorine grease.

    Toyota had the largest global recall of more than 10 million vehicles for unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010.

    According to the official NHTSA recall notice (Campaign ID #: 12V491000), concerned consumers can call the toll-free Toyota Customer Experience Center (800-331-4331) or GM's Pontiac Customer Care (800-762-2737) for more information.

    Recall: 2009 Pontiac Vibe / 2007-09 Toyota (various models) - Power window switches [NHTSA]
    Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles For The Driver's Side Power Window Master Switch [Toyota]
    Toyota to recall 7.4 million vehicles globally on power window glitch [Automotive News]

    Paul Eng

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