Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles in US for Window Switch Fires

Toyota is recalling 2.5 million cars in the United States for faulty power window switches that can cause a fire in the driver’s door, according to a statement from the automaker early Wednesday.

Toyota said that the driver’s side window switches may not be completely greased from the factory, which can result in the switches sticking or feeling “notchy.” If aftermarket grease is then applied, the switch could short and cause a fire. Among the included models: The 2007 to 2009 Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Tundra; 2007 to 2008 Yaris; 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid; 2008 to 2009 Sequoia; 2008 to 2009 Scion xA and xD; and the 2009 Corolla and Matrix.
Dealers will begin repairing the switches and applying “special fluorine grease” in late October, Toyota said. Affected owners can visit or call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
In the U.S., Camry models comprise roughly 42 percent of all recalled cars. Toyota is recalling an additional 4.93 million models worldwide, making it the single largest recall since Ford’s 1996 recall involving 7.6 million vehicles, according to an early report from NBC News. Toyota’s infamous sticking throttle and floormat recalls eventually reached 9 million cars worldwide, but not all at once. In June, Toyota added another 154,000 Lexus RX crossovers to the original 2009 recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has not yet posted the current recall to its database, had been investigating a span of 1.4 million Toyota models for window switch fires since February. The agency recorded 161 complaints of fires, 49 warranty-related fire claims, and nine related injuries. No fatalities have been reported.
In 2009, Toyota recalled certain 2007 and 2009 Camry and 2009 Yaris models built in China for potential fires in the driver’s side power-window switches due to “excessive grease application” at the factory. In March, Toyota recalled 186,500 2009 Camry and 2009 to 2011 Venza models for brake lamps that could fail as a result of silicone grease coming into contact with the switches.
This year, many cars have been at risk of fires originating from driver’s side power window switches. On Monday, Honda recalled more than 268,000 CR-V models for switch fires resulting from water contact or spilled fluids. In August, General Motors recalled nearly 250,000 SUVs for a similar problem.