Recall roundup: 6.5m Toyota cars image

Toyota is announcing a recall covering no less than 6.5 million vehicles because of a problem with the power window switches.

Approximately 6.5 million Toyota cars are being affected by a problem with the power window switches. This has led the Japanese based automaker into announcing a massive recall. The company says that the Power Window Master Switch in these vehicles may have been produced with insufficient lubricant grease and it may lead to a short circuit which can cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt. This can also lead to a potential fire, increasing the risk of injury.

“The Power Window Master Switch in the involved vehicles may have been manufactured with insufficient lubricant grease. If not enough grease is applied, under certain conditions the switch may develop a short circuit that can cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt. A melting switch can produce smoke and potentially lead to a fire”, says the automaker in its press release.

The cars affected by this condition are the 2007 and 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid, the 2009-2011 Corolla, 2008-2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2009-2011 Matrix, 2006-2011 RAV4, 2009-2011 Sequoia, 2009-2011 Tundra, 2006-2010 Yaris, 2009-2011 Scion xB and 2009-2010 Scion xD. An exact recall date hasn’t been announced at this point but the company’s dealers will be inspecting the switch and applying the heat-resistant grease. The action will be performed free of charge. Owners of these vehicles can contact the Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331 or the Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987 for extra details on the subject.