Toyota issues recall for faulty window switch

Following an airbag issue earlier this year, Toyota is recalling another 10 million cars worldwide for a window defect

Toyota has already had a significant global recall this year due to an airbag defect present in around 250,000 cars in the UK.

The problem lies with a faulty power switch, which could lead the mechanism to overheat and short-circuit. Toyota says this could in turn cause a fire.

Worldwide, there are around 10 million cars that due to be recalled, 600,000 of which are in Europe. The fault is present in Yaris, Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Highlander models produced between 2005 and 2010.

Toyota blames the fault on a problem in the manufacturing process where modules in the window switch weren’t lubricated properly, which can cause them to short-circuit.

So far, Toyota has said there have been no accidents caused by this issue, and the recall has been issued to prevent this happening.

Another recall

This is the latest in a string of issues for Toyota that have led to a global recall. Earlier in the year, a recall was issued related to an airbag defect that affected more than 250,000 Toyota and Nissan vehicles in the UK.

The recalls surround the ongoing saga between Takata, a Japanese automotive parts company, and several car manufacturers using its components.

Car recalls are more common than many people realise and owners of affected models should be aware that most are little more than a safety precaution designed to investigate the fault and ensure it doesn’t happen on a larger scale.

For more information on recalls and how they affect you, visit our advice page.

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