Toyota Recalls 7.43M Cars

Ungreased switches sometimes caused smoke

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 10, 2012 8:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in the US, Japan, Europe, and elsewhere for a faulty power-window switch, the latest quality woe for Japan's top automaker. The recall, announced today, affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010. 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, according to Toyota.

No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the problem, but more than 200 problems were reported in US. Recalled in North America are the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia, and Scion models xB and xD, spanning 2.47 million vehicles. Toyota has been trying to salvage its reputation after a series of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over several years.

FILE - in this Oct. 22, 2006 file photo, the Toyota sign hangs over a 2007 Yaris sedan on sale on the lot of a Toyota dealership in the southeast Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo. Toyota Motor Corp....   (David Zalubowski)
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2007 file photo, an unidentified buyer searches through long lines of unsold 2007 Corolla and Camry sedans at a Toyota dealership in Boulder, Colo. Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling...   (David Zalubowski)
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