Oct. 10, 2012—Toyota Motor recalled about 2.5 million vehicles because of a hazard in the assembly of the power window master switch on the driver side.
The following vehicles are involved: 2007–2008 Yaris, 2007–2009 Camry, 2007–2009 Camry Hybrid, 2007–2009 RAV4, 2007–2009 Tundra, 2008 Highlander, 2008 Highlander Hybrid, 2008–2009 Scion xD, 2008–2009 Scion xA, 2008–2009 Sequoia, 2009 Corolla and 2009 Matrix. Toyota hasn’t received any reports of crashes.
The driver’s side power window master switch might delay or stick during operation. If lubricants that are available commercially are applied to the switch to smooth the operation, the switch assembly might melt, or smoke might appear. The smoke could cause a fire.
The stickiness might be caused by an uneven application of grease during the assembly process of the switch. If the grease wasn’t applied evenly during assembly, normal operation of and frequent use of the switch might cause the grease to become carbonized and might deteriorate its lubricating properties eventually.
Owners of vehicles that are covered by this safety recall will receive a notification letter starting in late October 2012. Toyota will inspect the vehicle, dismantle the switch and apply a fluorine grease. The switch inspection and repair will be free and will take about 1 hour.
Vehicle owners may call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 800/331-4331or go to toyota.com/recall.