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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota Australia has recalled almost 300,000 vehicles to correct a defect with the cars’ power windows in one of the largest recalls in automotive history.

A total of 297,931 Toyota Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles built between 2006 and 2010 have been recalled in Australia as part of a global recall that affects approximately 7.4 million cars.

The recall is yet another blight on the Japanese manufacturer’s reputation for reliability, following a recall of approximately nine million Toyota and Lexus vehicles around the world in 2009/2010 related to sliding floor mats and sticking accelerator pedals.

The latest recall relates to the power window master switch on the driver’s armrest not operating smoothly and exhibiting a sticky feel.

Toyota Australia says the defect is due to the incorrect application of lubricating grease leading to wear to the internal sliding contact points, which in some instances may render the switch inoperable.

“In the worst case, if a commercially available lubricant has been applied to the switch in an attempt to rectify this operation, the switch assembly may overheat and melt,” Toyota says.

Toyota says the recall is a precautionary measure. There have been six reports of the defect in Australia, but no reported accidents or injuries as a result.

Toyota will check the switch mechanically and electrically for correct operation and specialised electrical grease will be applied to ensure it operates smoothly when pressed.

Toyota Australia expects only a small number of vehicles will require the power window circuit board to be replaced.

The inspection and any necessary repairs will take around one hour and will be completed free of charge.

Toyota Australia encourages owners experiencing a sticking feeling in the power window master switch not to use the switch until the recall inspection and repair is completed.

The manufacturer will contact affected owners at their last known address from mid-November advising them to make an appointment with their preferred Toyota dealer.




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