7.43 mil Toyota vehicles to be recalled over faulty window switches

In what was seen as one of the largest recall exercises in the automotive industry, Toyota recently announced that they are bringing in 7.43 million vehicles around the world after a reported problem with the power-window switch. This is the largest single recall since 1996 when Ford had to bring in 8 million vehicles with a problem reported on its ignition switches.

The recall is voluntary and Toyota is looking to fix the problem with the power-window switch on the driver’s side which would affect a few different models. The company claimed that during production, grease was not applied evenly and this has caused it to carbonise and subsequently causing it to lose its lubricating properties. It also called on vehicle owners to send it to them to fix the problem as commercially available grease would cause friction on the switch.

Those that are affected are models like Yaris, Vios, Corolla, Auris, Camry, the RAV4, Highlander and others that were produced between 2005 and 2010. For the Malaysian market, UMW Toyota Motor said that 63,083 vehicles would be affected and it would cover the 2006 to 2010 manufactured Camry, Corolla Altis, Yaris, RAV4 and the Vios. The company will contact the owners for the special service campaign.