Toyota Recalls 6.5 Million Vehicles Over Fire Risk

Toyota is recalling around 6.5 million vehicles worldwide due to the potential fire hazard caused by faulty power-window switches. Of that number, around 2.7 million are in North America. The recall comes after one report of a driver getting burned on the hand and 11 reports of burned window switches. 

Toyota says the problem is with a Power Window Master Switch that “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.”

The automaker will be contacting owners of affected vehicles by mail. The fix requires a trip to your local Toyota dealership for an inspection and an application of heat-resistant grease to affect switches. Toyota says the process should take around 45 minutes. It also notes that vehicles that have switches that are not operating correctly will get an internal circuit board replacement.

The recall list includes vehicles made outside of Japan from August 2005 to August 2006, and January 2009 to December 2010. For vehicles made in Japan, the recall includes those manufactured from January 2005 to August 2006, and August 2008 to June 2010. See below for the list of vehicles involved in the recall.

  • 2007 and 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid
  • 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
  • 2009-2010 Scion xD
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