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Toyota Issues Big Recall for Power Window Switches

Toyota Issues Big Recall for Power Window Switches

By Jeff Youngs, October 15, 2012
More than 2.5 million vehicles built by Toyota are headed back to dealerships to have the power window master switch inspected and either serviced or replaced, at no cost to the vehicle's owner.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when some of the recalled vehicles were built, an imprecise process was used to lubricate the internal components of the power window master switch assemblies. As a result, the switch may malfunction, overheat, and melt, which could cause a fire.

Toyota, as well as General Motors, which sold one of the affected models, will notify vehicle owners, and dealers will inspect the power window master switch assemblies. A special grease designed to inhibit heat build-up may be applied, or the dealer may replace the assembly at no cost.

The NHTSA campaign ID number for this recall is 12V491000, and concerned owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or General Motors at 1-800-762-2737.

This recall affects the following models:

2008-2009 Scion xB, xD
2007-2009 Toyota Camry, RAV4
2008 Toyota Highlander
2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia
2007-2008 Toyota Tundra, Yaris
2009 Toyota Corolla, Matrix
2009 Pontiac Vibe

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