Due to the conclusive findings of the NHTSA, Toyota Motor Company has announced another massive Toyota recall that concerns the driver’s side power window master switch. More specifically, it could develop a “notching or sticky feel” to it, and if customers and/or technicians attempt to repair this themselves, then this may increase the risk of the master switch catching on fire.
Believe it or not, this is a somewhat common issue with some vehicles, but usually it’s contained to a specific model or two. However, several Toyota models are affected, including over one million Camry and Camry Hybrids, approximately 270,900 Corollas, and 336,400 RAV4s. Also affected are the Tundra, Yaris, Scion xA and xD, Sequoia, and the Matrix (counted separately from the Corolla). As always, Toyota will repair or replace the defective part, free of charge. This accounts to the biggest Toyota recall this year…so far.
If one of your vehicles is affected, look for a notification in the mail in the next few weeks. For more details, skip to the official press release below.
Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles For The Driver’s Side Power Window Master Switch
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS). The vehicles involved include:
• 2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300)
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400)
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xA (approx. 77,500)
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500)
• 2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400)
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200)
• 2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900)
• 2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800)
The driver’s side PWMS 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.
The “notchy” or sticky feel may be caused by an uneven application of the grease during the switch assembly process at the supplier. If the grease is not applied evenly, frequent use of the switch and normal operation may cause the grease to become carbonized and may eventually result in the deterioration of its lubricating properties.
The recall remedy will involve an inspection, switch disassembly, and application of special fluorine grease. The switch inspection and repair will be performed at no charge to the vehicle owner.
Owners of vehicles covered by this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter via first class mail starting in late October 2012. The repair will take approximately one hour depending on the dealer’s work schedule.
Today’s announcement is for U.S. market vehicles only. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved. We are not aware of any vehicle crashes for this condition.
Detailed information is available to customers at Toyota and the Toyota Customer Experience at 1-800-331-4331.
News Source: Autoblog