Toyota Recalls 2 Million Vehicles Due to Power Switch Issue

Toyota Recalls 2 Million Vehicles Due to Power Switch Issue
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October 21, 2015

An electrical defect is prompting a wide-ranging recall from Toyota.

The automaker announced this week that it would be recalling about 2 million vehicles in the United States. The affected vehicles have 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.

Toyota previously recalled certain 2007-2009 model year vehicles for a similar condition.

The recalled vehicles are the 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, and 2009-2010 Scion xD.

Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota dealers will inspect the switch and apply heat-resistant grease. If the switch is not operating normally, an internal circuit board will be replaced.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331.