Toyota Recalls 7.5 Million Cars

October 10, 2012

Some of the most popular vehicles on the road today are part of a major recall by Toyota.  Toyota is recalling 7.5 million cars worldwide and 2.5 million in the United States.  Among the cars affected are the Camry, Corolla, Tundra, Highlander  and Yaris.

The problem  has to do with a faulty door switch that could cause a car fire.  This is Toyota’s largest recall since it had to contend with the sudden acceleration complaints in 2009 and 2010.

The switch is on the driver’s side door panel. Consumers have reported smelling smoke and within seconds flames bursting from the driver’s side door.  More than 160 fires have been attributed to the switch issue, including eight injuries.  According to Toyota, the fires start in the driver’s side window button that controls whether other passengers can operate their windows.  The company reports that before problems occur the button can feel sticky.

The faulty door switch issue might not end with just Toyota. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating Subaru and General Motors for similar complaints.

The Toyota vehicles involved in the recall include:

  • 2007 to 2008 Yaris
  • 2007 to 2009 RAV4
  • 2007 to 2009 Tundra
  • 2007 to 2009 Camry
  • 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid
  • 2008 to 2009 Scion xD
  • 2008 to 2009 Scion xA
  • 2008 to 2009 Sequoia
  • 2008 Highlander
  • 2008 Highlander Hybrid
  • 2009 Corolla
  • 2009 Matrix

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