Toyota will recall 7.4 million vehicles due to problems with the power window switches.
The automaker will recall 1.40 million vehicles in China, buy 2.47 million vehicles in the United States and 1.39 million vehicles in Europe, the biggest recall since 1996 when Ford pulled back 7.9 million vehicles. The recall includes models such as the Yaris, Corolla and Vitz.
Toyota gave the news a day after it announced sales in China fell 48.9% last month, due to the violent anti-Japan attacks in the country, which affected all Japanese automakers. Toyota recalls 459,300 vehicles in Japan, among which the Vitz which was manufactured between 2006 and 2008, 490,000 vehicles in the Near and Middle East, 650,000 vehicles in Australia and Asia, 240,000 vehicles in Canada and 330,000 vehicles elsewhere.
The models recalled outside of Japan are: the Yaris, Matrix, Camry, Vios, RAV4, Corolla, Tundra, Highlander, Sequoia, xB and xD, manufactured between 2005 and 2010. Toyota makes the recall voluntarily and no accidents, injuries or deaths were reported due to the window problem, according to Shino Yamada, a spokeswoman for Toyota. During production there wasn’t enough grease applied on the power-window switch on the driver’s side, which could cause friction in the switch and sometimes smoke.