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Toyota hit by massive recall over faulty power window switches

By SYF77 on 11 Oct 2012

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Toyota has issued a massive recall involving 7.43 million cars, trucks and SUV due to a faulty power-window switch that runs the risk of catching fire. It is the largest recall since over 12 million vehicles including some Lexus models were found to have faulty accelerator pedals in 2009 and 2010.

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Fortunately, no death, injuries or accidents have been caused by the issue although the faulty switches could emit smoke. Nearer to home, Borneo Motors, the distributor of Toyota cars in Singapore, commented that 15,000 Toyota vehicles here are affected.

A total of 14 models are involved in the recall and in Singapore, the affected models are the RAV4, Vios, Camry and Altis.

The problem is caused by improper application of lubricant during the assembly process. The fix would involve putting heat-resistant grease on the switches or replacing them altogether.

The recall is a blow to Toyota, which had just only reclaimed its world’s No. 1 car maker position in the H1 2012 after the unfortunate 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The latest recall is estimated to cost Toyota around S$157 million, according to Mr Koichi Sugimoto, senior analyst at BNP Paribas Securities in Tokyo.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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