Last week, Toyota announced that it would recall over six million vehicles to fix a defect in the power window switch. About 2.7 million of those vehicles are in North America.
Modules in the power window master switch may have been lubricated inconsistently during the manufacturing process. Debris caused by wear from the electrical contact points may accumulate and cause a short circuit. This could cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt, which could cause a fire.
The recalled vehicles include Matrix, RAV4, Tundra, Highlander, Scion xB, and the Sequoia. The affected vehicles were manufactured between January 2005 and December 2010. Toyota also issued a separate recall in Japan of 140,000 Crown and Crown Majesta models because the hoods could open unintentionally.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of any injuries related to either defect. In other situations, however, people have been injured because of defects with their automobiles. In many cases, the automobile manufacturer knew about the dangerous defects but failed to issue a recall for fear of the huge expense involved and the negative publicity associated with a recall.
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