Fire Risk Prompts Toyota to Recall 2.5 Million U.S. Vehicles

Posted On: October 16, 2012 under

Automaker Toyota recently announced a recall of several vehicle makes and models due to a risk of fire in the driver’s side door, according to an article in the MIT Tech. The recall affects 7.4 million vehicles worldwide and 2.5 million in the United States.

The recall focuses on the automatic window control switch mounted on the driver’s side door. While Toyota says there are no defects in the switch itself, the manufacturer notes that many switches were not lubricated properly when they were installed. Over time, use of the switch creates friction, which can cause smoke or fire in the door. Some mechanics who tried to fix these sticky switches used improper, flammable lubricants, adding to the fire risk.

The recall affects many popular Toyota models sold in the United States from 2007 to 2010, including the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Scion xB and xD, and Yaris. The recall only affects vehicles with automatic window controls; vehicles with manual (crank) controls are not affected.

Owners of these vehicles can take them to a Toyota dealer or mechanic for repair. The mechanic will apply an approved, non-flammable lubricant to reduce friction and fire risk. So far, Toyota has not received any reports of crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the recall.

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