Toyota Motor Corp. is voluntarily recalling more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide. Toyota's website says nearly 2.5 million of these vehicles are in the U.S. and affects dozens of models produced from 2005 through 2010.
The reason is a faulty driver's side power window switch, which according to the company did not have grease evenly applied during production and can cause friction and sometimes smoke. Toyota says if owners use commercially available lubricants 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. So far no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the problem.
Models recalled in the United States are as follows:
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)
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, you will receive an owner notification letter in the mail starting in late October. The repair should only take about an hour at a Toyota dealer.
For more information on this recall click here or call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.