Toyota to recall 7.43 million vehicles
Toyota, which this year regained its position as the world’s number one carmaker, said it would recall 7.43 million vehicles globally due to a fire risk caused by a power-window defect in models, including the popular Yaris and Corolla.
The automaker said that the driver’s side power window switch on some models may feel “notchy” or sticky during operation. The problem is caused by an uneven application of grease during the switch assembly process, and if commonly available lubricants are applied, a fire could result under some circumstances.
The recall comes a day after Toyota reported its sales fell 48.9pc year-on-year in China in September as a result of an outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China in response to a territorial dispute between the two countries.
About 2.47m vehicles will be recalled from the United States and 1.39m in Europe and 1.4m in China, Shino Yamada, a spokeswoman for Toyota said. The remainder are spread over the world including Japan, Canada, Australia and the Middle East.
The vehicles recalled outside of Japan include certain models of the Yaris, Vios, Corolla, Matrix, Auris, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia, xB and xD produced between 2005 and 2010.
No accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the window problem, the spokeswoman said.
There is no mention of the impact, if any, on South African models in the release. Toyota South Africa have been contacted for an official comment and we will bring you their response as soon as we have it.
Update: From article posted by Wheels24
A spokesman for Toyota SA said no incidents had been reported in South Africa but the local company would be taking pre-emptive action. Cars involved are believed to be the RAV4, Corolla, Yaris, Camry and Auris from the indicated date range. Owners in South Africa will be contacted when more information is available from Toyota Japan.
Update 2: From the Toyota SA blog:
Toyota South Africa Motors will participate in a global voluntary service campaign to improve the operation of certain vehicles’ power window master switch (PWMS).
Toyota South Africa Motors will participate in the special service campaign as a proactive measure. It is currently compiling a complete list of involved vehicles and will soon contact all vehicle owners to inform them of the campaign.