Toyota Recalls 6.5 Million Vehicles Due to Window Switch Defect that Can Cause Fires


Days ago, the Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it is recalling about 6.5 million vehicles throughout the world due to window switch defects that can cause vehicle fires. While the vast majority of the impacted vehicles – about 2.7 million vehicles – are located in North America, an estimated 2 million are in the U.S.

Background on the Recall & the Window Switch Defect

A window switch defect that can cause fires has caused Toyota to recall about 6.5 million vehicles, a St Louis car accident attorney explains.

A window switch defect that can cause fires has caused Toyota to recall about 6.5 million vehicles, a St Louis car accident attorney explains.

According to Toyota, the window switch in question malfunctions as a result of a defect that sprays grease on the electrical contact modules of the switch. While this can result in fires when the grease is hot and causes overheating/melting of the electrical components, it can also erupt in flames if certain types of debris enter the area after hot grease has been sprayed.

As part of this recall announcement, Toyota explained that, to date, it has received 11 reports from vehicle owners regarding the defective switches causing fires and burning car doors. Seven of these reports came from North America.

Toyota has not explained whether anyone has been injured as a result of these incidents.

Impacted Vehicles

Among the vehicles affected by this Toyota recall include:

  • 2007 & 2009 Camry vehicles
  • 2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, and Scion xB vehicles
  • 2006-2011 RAV4 SUVs
  • 2008-2011 Highlander SUVs
  • 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles
  • 2009-2010 Scion xD vehicles.

What Vehicle Owners Should Do Now…

At this point, Toyota is encouraging vehicle owners affected by this recall to take their cars to their local Toyota dealership to get the defective switches fixed.

While dealers will reportedly replace vehicles’ entire internal circuit boards if the switches fail to work properly, if the switches do still work, the repair will involve applying a heat-resistant coating to them.

We encourage you to share this blog with Toyota owners. And post your comments and thoughts about this recall on our Facebook & Google+ pages.

Contact a St Charles & St Louis Car Accident Attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

If you have been hurt in a traffic accident that may have been caused by defective vehicle equipment, contact an experienced St Charles & St Louis car accident attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC for zealous legal advocacy, support and experienced help with your financial recovery.

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