In the largest recall since the infamous Ford thread separation, Toyota recalled 7.43 million vehicles worldwide today. The reason: The Power Window Master Switch could melt, go up in smoke, or cause a fire after the wrong lubricant has been applied in an attempt to fix a sticky feeling during operation.
During the recall, the switch will be taken apart and special fluorine grease will be applied. The sticky feeling stems from uneven application of the grease during the switch assembly process at the supplier.
In the U.S., the following vehicles are affected:
|The Grease Recall|
|2007 to 2008 Yaris||110,300|
|2007 to 2009 RAV4||336,400|
|2007 to 2009 Tundra||337,100|
|2007 to 2009 Camry||938,100|
|2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid||116,800|
|2008 to 2009 Scion xD||34,400|
|2008 to 2009 Scion xA||77,500|
|2008 to 2009 Sequoia||38,500|
|2008 Highlander Hybrid||23,200|
According to Reuters, an additional 1.4 million vehicles will be recalled in China, 1.39 million in Europe, 459,300 in Japan, 650,000 vehicles in Australia and Asia, 490,000 in the Near and Middle East, 240,000 in Canada and 330,000 elsewhere.
On August 21, 2000, Ford recalled 14.4 million Explorers for thread separation of the Wilderness tires. A year later, 13 million were recalled again.