Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Vehicles for Faulty Power Window Defect

After the recall of 10 million vehicle in 2009 and 2012 over the infamous acceleration problems, Toyota has once again been hit by a massive recall that involves a hefty amount of 7.43 million vehicles.

The reasoning for this recall is a faulty power window switch in 14 different models, which may  malfunction and offer a “notchy” or sticky feel during operation. If commercial lubricant is used instead of the special fluorine grease made by the factory, there is a possible  result of melting the switch, which will case an emission of smoke.

According to Joichi Tachikawa, Toyota’s spokesman, the voluntary recall includes 2.47 million vehicles delivered in the U.S., among them the Camry, RAV4, and Corolla (see list below for details), 1.4 million units sold in China, and 1.39 million in Europe, which includes the Yaris and Auris. As of now, there have been no reports of injuries or accidents caused by this glitch.

Resolving the problem involves an inspection, switch disassembly, and the application of the special fluorine grease. Naturally, the switch inspection and repair will be performed free of charge.

The owners of the vehicles covered by this recall will receive a notification letter starting in late October. Depending on the dealer’s work schedule, the repair will take approximately one hour. The list below shows all models involved in the recall.

U.S. Market Models Recalled:  

  • 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)