Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving some 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a faulty power-window switch that could melt and lead to a fire.
Worldwide, the safety recall involves 7.4 million vehicles, marking the largest recall in Toyota’s 75-year history.
2009 Toyota Tundra
The Japanese automaker said today that it would inspect the 2.5 million vehicles from the 2007-2009 model years involved in recall and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side power window master switch.
2009 Toyota RAV4
Vehicles affected in the Toyota recall include:
- 2007-2008 Toyota Yaris – approximately 110,300 vehicles
- 2007-2009 Toyota RAV4 – approximately 336,400 vehicles
- 2007-2009 Toyota Tundra – approximately 337,100 vehicles
- 2007-2009 Toyota Camry – approximately 938,100 vehicles
- 2007-2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid – approximately 116,800 vehicles
- 2008-2009 Scion xD – approximately 34,400 vehicles
- 2008-2009 Scion xB – approximately 77,500 vehicles
- 2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia – approximately 38,500 vehicles
- 2008 Toyota Highlander – approximately 135,400 vehicles
- 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – approximately 23,200 vehicles
- 2009 Toyota Corolla – approximately 270,900 vehicles
- 2009 Toyota Matrix – approximately 53,800 vehicles
The automaker said that no other Toyota, Lexus of Scion vehicles are involved in the recall and that it is not aware of any crashes for this condition.
A story in The Detroit News said that the move follows an upgraded and expanded investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into 1.42 million Toyota vehicles over door fires purportedly sparked by power window switches. In June, the agency added some 600,000 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans and other vehicles to the investigation it opened in February 2012.
In reporting this voluntary recall, Toyota said that the power window switch on the driver’s side may experience a “notchy” or “sticky” feel during operation. Depending on the type of grease applied to the switch to reduce the stickiness, and how it was applied, including at the factory during production, the switch could melt, start to smoke, and cause a fire “under some circumstances.”
Owners of vehicles involved in the recall will receive a letter from Toyota via first-class mail in late October 2012, advising them to take their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for the required repairs, which will be performed at no charge. The repairs are expected to take about one hour, depending on the dealer’s schedule.