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Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Cars

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On: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Cars

Sigh. That's about all one can do at this point when it comes to recalls and Toyota. It isn't even the fact that this recall isn't that incredibly significant (though any defect that can potentially cause a fire in the vehicle doesn't quite qualify as insignificant either), it is the fact that again, this is another Toyota recall of more than 2.5 million cars -- 2,519,424 to be exact. The recall affects 13 models spanning three model years. The Toyota Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Rav4, Sequoia, Tundra, Yaris, as well as the Scion XB and XD, and finally the Toyota-built Pontiac Vibe. All of these cars potentially suffer from a poorly built power window master switch. The switches were supposed to be made using a specific amount of lubrication to help stave off overheating, however they did not all receive the proper amount of lubrication, and thus are prone to overheating and potentially melting and even possibly catching on fire. Clearly this is not a good thing. 

Again, it's not that this recall is of such substantial magnitude that it will put Toyota out of business. It is more the fact that this is yet another small little production mistake that the Toyota of old simply would not have made. For a company that had built a reputation of value and attention to detail, this is just one more piece of evidence that they have gotten away from that philosophy -- at least for a few years. 

Owners can contact dealers to schedule their free fix, which will either be the addition of a heat inhibiting grease or a complete replacement of the switch in question. Read on for the full report and list of model years affected.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Pontiac / Vibe2009
Toyota / Camry2007-2009
Toyota / Camry HV2007-2009
Toyota / Corolla2009
Toyota / Corolla Matrix2009
Toyota / Highlander2008
Toyota / Highlander Hybrid2008
Toyota / RAV42007-2009
Toyota / Scion XB2008-2009
Toyota / Scion XD2008-2009
Toyota / Sequoia2008-2009
Toyota / Tundra2007-2008
Toyota / Yaris2007-2008
Manufacturer:Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Mfr's Report Date:Oct 10, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V491000
NHTSA Action Number:PE12002
Component:Visibility: Power Window Devices and Controls
Potential Number of Units Affected:2,519,424

Summary:

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Yaris, Scion xB, Scion xD and Pontiac Vibe vehicles. The power window master switch assemblies in some of these vehicles were built using a less precise process for lubricating the internal components of the switch assemblies. Irregularities in this lubrication process may cause the power window master switch assemblies to malfunction and overheat.

Consequence:

If the switch overheats, it may melt, possibly resulting in a fire.

Remedy:

Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will inspect the switch and apply a special grease that inhibits heat buildup or replace any switch damaged by the defect, free of charge. Toyota owners that experience a problem with a switch should not attempt to make repairs, but should contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. General Motors will contact the Pontiac Vibe owners affected by this recall and GM dealers will inspect and repair switches as necessary. Those owners may contact Pontiac Customer Care at 1-800-762-2737.

Notes:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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