Toyota's Massive Recall: Everything You Need to Know

power window switchIf you own a Toyota, today may not exactly be your lucky day. Today, Toyota Motor Co. announced that it's recalling 2.5 million vehicles sold in the U.S. due to a potential risk of fire caused by the potentially defective power window switch on the driver's side. Eeesh. Worse yet, this comes in the wake of headache after headache Toyota's global operations have had over the past three years.

This is the company's first recall since '09 and '10 when Toyota recalled 14 million cars related to the risk of unintended acceleration. (Remember that? Scary!) This time, the numbers are actually a bit lower, thankfully ... Overall, the recall involves 7.43 million vehicles worldwide sold under the Toyota and Scion brands.

Here's what else you may need to know ...

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Of the affected vehicles, which, the maker says, the driver's side defective power window switch "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." Grrrreat.

So far, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received more than 200 reports of problems involving the defective switch including fires, though there are no known crashes or injuries. Well, I guess that's good news, but still -- a risk of fire?! No thanks!

In the U.S., the vehicles involved in the latest recall include:

  • 2007 – 2009 Camry sedans, approx. 938,100 vehicles;
  • 2007 – 2009 Camry Hybrids, approx. 116,800 vehicles;
  • 2007 – 2009 RAV4 crossovers, approx. 336,400 vehicles;
  • 2007 – 2009 Tundra pickups, approx. 337,100 vehicles;
  • 2007 – 2008 Yaris subcompacts, approx. 110,300 vehicles;
  • 2008 Highlander SUVs, approx. 135,400 vehicles;
  • 2008 Highlander Hybrids, approx. 23,200 vehicles;
  • 2008 – 2009 Scion xD models, approx. 34,400 vehicles;
  • 2008 – 2009 Scion xA models, approx. 77,500 vehicles;
  • 2008- 2009 Sequoia SUVs, approx. 38,500 vehicles;
  • 2009 Corolla compacts, approx. 270,900 vehicles; and
  • 2009 Matrix crossovers; approx. 53,800 vehicles.

You can also go on Toyota's recall web page to double-check if your car is included.

Being that vehicles involved in this new Toyota recall were also called back one or more times due to the unintended acceleration issues the company struggled with back in '09-'10, and that Toyota (and Honda, too, actually) is now leading the recall list against other car brands, the news has got to be incredibly frustrating for Toyota owners. In fact, after all of this, I wouldn't be surprised if some who have been very brand-loyal up to this point begin to steer in a different direction ...

Does this recall affect you? Does it change your opinion of Toyota?


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