Toyota Recalls 7.43 Million Vehicles
A faulty power-window switch has led to an auto recall of more than seven million vehicles by Toyota Motor Corp. in Japan, U.S., Europe, and other countries.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that over 200 incidents of friction and smoke emitting from the switch were reported in the U.S. alone, with 39 cases in Japan and smaller numbers elsewhere. No injuries or crashes were reported.
Uneven application of the grease on the power-window switch of the driver’s side door may have caused friction resulting in smoke emission, says Toyota.
The AP says the automotive recall affects over a dozen models produced from 2005 to 2010 with Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, RAV4, Tundra, Highlander, Sequoia and Scion models xB and xD being recalled in North America—almost 2.47 million vehicles.
In Japan, the recall involves 460,000 vehicles (Vitz, Belta, Ractis, lst, Corolla Lumion and Auris). Around 1.39 million vehicles (Yaris, Corolla, Camry, Auris and RAV-4) are being recalled in Europe.
Toyota’s record for quality has taken a serious hit in recent years as the company has had to recall millions of vehicles for a variety of safety issues. Its executives say the company’s plan to grow the business overreached and led to compromises in quality and an increased number of recalls, writes the AP.