Toyota has announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall of 7.43 million cars, trucks and SUVs located in countries all around the world in order to fix an electrical issue that can potentially cause a fire.
In the United States, the 2.5 million cars affected by the recall include approximately 938,000 Camrys built between 2007 and 2009, 77,000 Scion xAs from 2008 and 2009 and roughly 270,000 2009 Corollas. Certain Yaris, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Highlander, Tundra and Scion xD models are also affected.
Toyota explained in a statement that the power window master switch of the aforementioned cars can become sticky over time. To fix the issue, owners have a tendency to apply commercially-available lubricants which can cause the switch to melt, smoke, or in some situations catch on fire. About 200 switch-related problems have been reported in the United States but the issue has not caused any crashes or injuries.
Owners of affected cars will be notified by mail starting later this month. Dealers will inspect the cars and replace the power window switch free of charge if it is deemed necessary, a procedure which is expected to take roughly an hour.