Toyota Recalls 7.43M Cars
Ungreased switches sometimes caused smoke
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2012 8:13 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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