TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012; Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS). The vehicles involved include:
• 2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300)
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400)
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100)
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400)
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xA (approx. 77,500)
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500)
• 2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400)
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200)
• 2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900)
• 2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800)
The driver’s side PWMS may experience a “notchy” or
sticky feel during operation. If commercially available lubricants are
applied to the switch in an attempt to address the “notchy” or
sticky feel, melting of the switch assembly or smoke could occur and lead
to a fire under some circumstances.
The “notchy” or sticky feel may be caused by an uneven
application of the grease during the switch assembly process at the
supplier. If the grease is not applied evenly, frequent use of the switch
and normal operation may cause the grease to become carbonized and may
eventually result in the deterioration of its lubricating properties.
The recall remedy will involve an inspection, switch disassembly, and
application of special fluorine grease. The switch inspection and repair
will be performed at no charge to the vehicle owner.
Owners of vehicles covered by this safety recall will receive an owner
notification letter via first class mail starting in late October 2012. The
repair will take approximately one hour depending on the dealer’s
Today’s announcement is for U.S. market vehicles only. No other
Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved. We are not aware of any
vehicle crashes for this condition.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the
Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.