Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles worldwide

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Toyota Canada is recalling 239,459 vehicles sold in Canada to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side power window master switch (PWMS).

The Canadian recall is part of a massive global recall affecting more than a dozen models built between 2005 and 2010.

The vehicles involved include:
2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 46,701)
2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 36,328)
2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 21,156)
2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 46,853)
2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 12,894)
2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 963)
2008 Highlander (approx. 8,283)
2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 1,420)
2009 Corolla (approx. 40,646)
2009 Matrix (approx. 24,215)

The automaker said 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 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.
         
There are no reports of any crashes or injuries related to this recall, but the news does come at an unfortunate time for Toyota, which has made tremendous strides to rehab its reputation following a series of recalls totaling more than 14 million vehicles global over several years.

Toyota said owners would receive notification starting in late October. The repair would take approximately one hour depending on the dealer’s work schedule.