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.