NY TIMES – Toyota is recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide to fix faulty power window switches that can potentially catch fire, the automaker said on Wednesday. It is the fourth recall involving that component since 2009.
The recall is one of the largest single recalls initiated by the company and brings the number of vehicles affected by the problem to 14 million. Toyota said the switches could be replaced in about an hour.
The automaker has had trouble sourcing window switches made with the right amount of grease. Earlier recalls for the part, which is made by a Japan-based supplier, Tokai Rika, were ordered because too much heat-resistant grease was used to coat the switches’ internal mechanisms. This time, the parts were found to contain too little grease.
In Japan, where about 10 percent of the affected vehicles were sold, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said two minor fires had been linked to the problem and 46 drivers had reported detecting smoke when raising or lowering their windows.