Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles

By Jennifer Geiger  on October 10, 2012

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Toyota is recalling 2.5 million vehicles to address a faulty driver-side power window switch. It's one of the biggest recalls in history, and it's the automaker's largest since recalling millions of vehicles for unintended-acceleration issues in 2009 and 2010.

In today's recall, an irregular application of window-switch lubricant could cause components to wear unevenly during operation and deteriorate. Owners will notice a notchy or sticky feeling in the switch operation, Toyota reports. If owners attempt to use a commercial lubricant to fix the issue, the switch assembly could melt, leading to a possible fire. "We are not aware of any vehicle crashes for this condition," the automaker said in a statement.

The following vehicles are affected:

2007-08 Yaris (about 110,300)
2007-09 RAV4 (about 336,400)
2007-09 Tundra (about 337,100)
2007-09 Camry (about 938,100)
2007-09 Camry Hybrid (about 116,800)
2008-09 Scion xD (about 34,400)
2008-09 Scion xA (about 77,500)
2008-09 Sequoia (about 38,500)
2008 Highlander (about 135,400)
2008 Highlander Hybrid (about 23,200)
2009 Corolla (about 270,900)
2009 Matrix (about 53,800)

Toyota will begin notifying owners later this month, and dealers will inspect the switch and apply special fluorine grease. Toyota expects the repair to take about one hour. Owners can call Toyota's customer service center at 800-331-4331 for more info.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer


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