Toyota recalls 7.43 million cars around the worldWednesday 10 October 2012 14.26
Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in Europe, the US, Japan and elsewhere around the world for a faulty power window switch.
This is the latest, massive quality woes for Japan's top car maker.
The recall, announced today, affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 until 2010.
The power-window switch on the driver's side did not have grease applied evenly during production, causing friction in the switch and sometimes smoke, according to Toyota.
No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the problem.
But more than 200 problems were reported in US, and a fewer number of problems were reported elsewhere, including 39 cases in Japan, Toyota spokesman Joichi Tachikawa said.
Toyota Ireland has said the company will recall 9,232 Yaris, 10,357 Auris, 14,112 Corolla and 2,392 RAV 4 vehicles here.
It said the repairs to the window switch will be carried out free of charge and that the company will be writing to all owners to have their vehicles checked at their local dealership.
The repair involves the application of a special lubricant, and will take 60 minutes to complete. The company has warned owners that if non-approved lubricant is applied to the switch there is a potential for overheating or melting to occur.
A total of 1.39 million cars are being recalled in Europe, with models including the Yaris, Corolla, Auris, Camry and Rav-4.
Recalled in North America are the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia and Scion models xB and xD, spanning 2.47 million vehicles. Some 460,000 vehicles are being recalled in Japan. The models there are the Vitz, Belta, Ractis, Ist, Auris and Corolla Lumion.
The massive recall also applies to cars in Australia, China and elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East.
Toyota has been trying to fix its reputation after a series of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over several years.
Before that, Toyota had boasted a reputation for pristine quality, centered around its super-lean production methods that empowered the worker to hone in on quality control. Toyota executives have acknowledged the escalating recalls were partly caused by the company's overly ambitious growth goals.