POSTED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 4:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 8:04pm
Another huge auto recall has been announced.
This time, it involves 10 different Toyota models.
7.4 million vehicles worldwide are affected, two and a half million in the US alone.
It’s the largest US recall since Ford Explorers were landing on their roofs back in 1996.
The list of vehicles involves popular models like the Camry, Tundra, Yaris, Highlanders, and a couple of Scion models.
The problem involved the improper installation of an electric window switch, that can later become sticky.
The danger comes when an owner or a mechanic tries to lubricate it.
“We have a condition of the switch where it’s notchy or sticky as we call it,” says Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons. “The switch feels like it’s a little sticky, and what we’ve found in our investigation is that this lubricant is being sprayed into the switches. What that does is it causes the grease that was originally in the switch by the supplier, to become carbonized.”
Let me translate…that means it can melt and smoke.
There haven’t been any fires from the overheating, but it comes at a bad time for the company that has had a great year after recovering from the Camry and Tsunami issues a couple of years ago.
Again, this is not a life threatening situation, just an annoying one.
The letter to owners should be coming shortly.