Toyota Recalling 7-Million Vehicles Worldwide
Toyota says it is recalling 7.43 million vehicles globally over a faulty power-window switch that may stop working in more than a dozen models, produced from 2005 through 2010.
Toyota Motor Corp. said today the power-window switch on the driver's side didn't have grease applied evenly during production, causing friction in the switch and sometimes smoke. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the problem.
Recalled in North America are the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia and Scion models xB and xD. Recalled in Japan are the Vitz, Belta, Ractis, Ist, Auris and Corolla Lumimon. The Yaris, Corolla, Auris, Camry and Rav-4 are recalled in Europe. China, Australia, other Asian countries and the Middle East are also affected.
The firm will recall 2.47 million vehicles in the United States, as well as 1.40 million vehicles in China and 1.39 million vehicles in Europe, making it the biggest single recall since Ford Motor Co (F.N) pulled back 7.9 million vehicles in 1996. 650,000 vehicles are being recalled in Australia and Asia, 490,000 vehicles in the Near and Middle East, 240,000 vehicles in Canada and 330,000 vehicles elsewhere, said Shino Yamada, a spokeswoman for Toyota.
(The Associated Press)