The popular Toyota Camry is one of the cars listed in the new recall. (Photo : Toyota)
Toyota is facing another speed bump as the Japanese car company plans on going forth with the biggest car recall in 16 years due to a faulty window glitch that could lead to smoke or fire.
"The driver's side PWMS (Power Window Master Switch) 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," said Toyota in a press release.
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Why does this happen?
"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," explains Toyota.
Toyota is recalling 2.5 million cars in the United States, with a total of 7.43 million worldwide. Ford called back 8 million cars back in 1996 because of a defective ignition switches that could lead to engine fires.
Here is a complete list of cars that could be experiencing the problem according to Toyota:
- 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 xB (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)
Toyota has been having a rough past four years after enacting a recall due to loose floor mats and unwanted acceleration. Let's hope the Japanese car company can sort out the fixes so nobody else's lives are put in danger on the roadways.