Toyota is recalling several conventional and hybrid vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. The official list includes the 2013-2014 Camry and Camry Hybrid; the 2013 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid; and the 2014 Corolla.
The recall stems from a problem with the wiper switch installed on those models. According to Toyota, electrical components in the switch assembly may have been incorrectly manufactured, which "could lead to a potential short if the wiper is moved from OFF to the MIST setting". That, in turn, could render the windshield wipers completely inoperable, which would obviously cause problems for drivers during rain, snow, or other inclement weather.
Toyota estimates that 10,000 vehicles are affected by the recall, which means that not every Camry, Avalon, and Corolla will be included. Our guess is that the recall is limited to vehicles manufactured during a particular window of time, though Toyota hasn't indicated which weeks or months that might be.
Nor has Toyota indicated when it plans to notify owners of the problem, but it says that they should expect a letter via first-class mail. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Toyota dealer, who will replace the wiper switch free of charge.
For additional information, we recommend you visit Toyota's customer service website or call 800-331-4331. Ordinarily, we'd also encourage you to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but given the federal government shutdown, that wouldn't do much good.