UPDATE: Toyota recalls 7.43M vehicles for fire risk | News
TORRANCE, CA - On Wednesday, Toyota announced the voluntary recall of 7.43-million vehicles in their lineup to "inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver's side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS)."
According to the Toyota press release, "The driver's side PWMS may experience a "notchy" or sticky feel during operation. If commercially available lubricants are applied to the switch in an attempt to address the "notchy" or sticky feel, melting of the switch assembly or smoke could occur and lead to a fire under some circumstances."
The "notchy" or "sticky" sensation was possibly caused by a uneven application of grease during the assembly process. The uneven application can cause the grease to become carbonized during frequent use and result in the deterioration of its lubricating properties, Toyota revealed.
Toyota announced that owners of the following 12 Toyota models would receive notification in the mail of the issue and instructions on repairs:
• 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)
Toyota initially declared the recall was for U.S. market vehicles only, but later announced it had expanded the the recall to include Japan and Europe.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.