Recalls are back once again to plague Toyota. Following major recalls of around 10 million vehicles in the period 2009-10 over acceleration constraints, this time round it is 7.43 million vehicles which the company is recalling over faulty power windows master switch. 14 different Toyota models have been known to possess flawed power window switches which do not effect smooth operation. The reason for this could be the use of a commercial lubricant which instead of causing smooth movement is actually resulting in melting of the switch which could lead to smoke and in extreme cases even fire.
Toyota has hence recalled these vehicles which also includes Camry, Corolla and RAV4 sold in the US. 1.4 million units have been sold in China while 1.39 million have made their way into European markets. There have been no reports of any untoward incidents or accidents or injuries but the company had decided to call these vehicles in for inspection, switch disassembly and the application of special fluorine grease which will lead to smoother functioning.
In India, 8,700 Toyota cars are affected and Toyota India has issued a voluntary recall. for Corolla Altis and Camry. All repairs and replacements will be carried out free of charge. Owners of such vehicles will be receiving their letters from the end of October where in they will need to take them in to their nearest dealer service centers for inspection and re-greasing which should take a total time of 1 hour.
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Auto News Release
TOYOTA RECALL DUE TO POWER WINDOW MASTER SWITCH
As part of a worldwide campaign, Toyota Australia has announced a recall on certain Corolla, Kluger, RAV4, Yaris, Aurion and Camry vehicles built between 2006 and 2010.
The recall is due to the power window master switch, located on the driver’s armrest, not operating smoothly (sticky feel). This is due to the non-uniform application of lubricating grease resulting in wear to the internal sliding contact points. In some instances, the switch may become inoperative.
In the worst case, if a commercially available lubricant has been applied to the switch in an attempt to rectify this operation, the switch assembly may overheat and melt.
This recall is a precautionary measure. The switch will be checked mechanically and electrically for correct operation and specialised electrical grease will then be applied to ensure it operates smoothly when pressed.
Toyota expects only a small number of vehicles will require the power window electrical circuit board to be replaced.
The inspection and any required repairs will take approximately one hour to complete and will be at no cost to the owner. Depending on the dealer’s work schedule however, the car may need to be available for a longer period of time.
Should Toyota owners experience sticking operation of the power window master switch, we recommend that the switch is no longer used prior to vehicle inspection and repair.
There have been six reports in Australia. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
A total of 297,931 vehicles are affected in Australia. Globally 7.4 million vehicles are impacted.
Toyota will commence a mailout to owners of affected vehicles at their last known address from mid-November asking them to make an appointment with their preferred Toyota dealer.
For further information about this recall, customers can call 1800 987 366.
Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Corolla Altis and Camry
October 10, 2012, Bangalore : In line with recall announced by Toyota Motor Corporation(TMC) globally, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today voluntarily announced, recall of Corolla Altis (30th July 2008 – 31st Dec 2008) and Camry (1st Sep 2006 – 31st Jul 2008). TKM will recall approx 8,700 vehicles, in India to inspect the Power Window Master Switch (PWMS). TKM will do this campaign on a voluntary basis.
On certain Corolla Altis and Camry models of the specified years, the PWMS may begin to feel notchy or become inoperative. This can be due to wear and tear over-time, of specific contact points in the PWMS. Owners of the involved vehicles, covered under this Recall Campaign will receive a notification by letter/ call from Toyota. The Recall Campaign will be conducted from November across all authorized Toyota dealers in India. Customers can also contact the nearest dealer to find out if their vehicles fall under this campaign.
Authorized Toyota dealers will inspect and replace (if deemed necessary) at no charge to the vehicle owner. The repair is expected to take approximately one hour, depending on the dealer’s work schedule. No other Toyota models, sold in India, are covered by this recall campaign.
As a part of the customer first policy, TMC has globally announced this voluntary recall. TKM has followed the same in India. The company will also notify SIAM, as a part of the voluntary code on vehicle recall, even though the recall does not fall within the purview of any safety hazards. The company requests its customers not to panic as this is only a precautionary measure voluntarily carried out by the company and not a safety hazard and looks forward to their understanding during this period.