Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles over Window Switches

2009 Toyota Camry SE

In the single largest automotive recall since 1996, Toyota will be recalling a grand total of 7.4 million vehicles worldwide, including roughly 2.5 million here in the US.  While the “unintended acceleration” recalls totaled 10 million vehicles, they were issued separately, which is how this is the largest we’ve seen since the 90’s.  The issue stems from faulty driver’s-side window switches, which have a “sticky” or “notchy” feeling, according to Toyota.  Read on for more details and a breakdown of which years and models are being recalled.

Toyota claims that the problem was caused by uneven applications of lubricant by the supplier of the switches during the manufacturing process.  When commercial lubricant is applied to the master window switch on the driver’s door, it can cause the internal components to emit smoke or possibly catch fire.  A special fluorine grease will be applied as part of the recall, which should remedy the sticky operation of the switches.  As usual, the recall will be at no cost to owners.  Toyota will begin mailing out recall notices to owners of affected vehicles starting in late October.

Here’s a breakdown of the recalled vehicles:

Model Year(s) # Affected Vehicles (approx.)
Camry 2007
2008
2009
938,100
Camry Hybrid 2007
2008
2009
116,800
Corolla 2009 270,900
Highlander 2008 135,400
Highlander Hybrid 2008 23,200
Matrix 2009 53,800
RAV4 2007
2008
2009
336,400
Sequoia 2008
2009
38,500
Tundra 2007
2008
2009
337,100
Yaris 2007
2008
110,300
Scion xA 2008
2009
77,500
Scion xD 2008
2009
34,400

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by John Suit

Source: Toyota

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