Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, recently announced a recall of 7.43 million cars due to defects in the power window switches that could cause fire.
This recall comes on the heels of Toyota’s recent $1 billion settlement of sudden acceleration lawsuits. Toyota, once thought of as the pinnacle of safety, has suffered some severe adverse consequences as a result. This is the single biggest recall since Ford Motor Company recalled 7.9 million vehicles in 1996. Toyota had more vehicles recalled in the United States than any other automobile manufacturer in 2010, and almost achieved the same distinction in 2011 (a late recall surge by Honda that year saved Toyota).
Many drivers have reported that the power window switch on the driver’s side appears “sticky”. If they try to apply a lubricant to the switch, the switch assembly may melt or smoke which could lead to a fire under certain circumstances. In the United States, the following vehicles are involved in the recall:
To see if your vehicle is included in the recall, go to Toyota’s recall page. According to Toyota, the service involved with the recall will take a little more than one hour.
This latest recall will probably undermine Toyota’s reputation for quality once again. If you drive a car that has been recalled, take it in for service. If you’ve been injured by one of these cars, consult with a knowledgeable automobile accident attorney.