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Toyota Recalls Multiple Models for Fire Risk

October 21, 2015

Photo of Toyota Corolla courtesy of Toyota.
Photo of Toyota Corolla courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 2 million vehicles to fix the driver’s-side power window master switch, which poses a fire risk. 

According to Toyota, the recall affects these vehicles:  

  • 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.

In these vehicles, the power window master switch 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,” Toyota said in a released statement. “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. This safety recall adds vehicles not involved in the prior action, which provided a remedy using an alternative lubricant application method.  

Toyota dealers will inspect the switch and apply heat-resistant grease. If the switch isn’t operating normally, an internal circuit board will be replaced, the automaker said.  

Vehicle owners can reach Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331.

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