138,000 UK cars hit by faulty electric window switches. Toyota is recalling 7.4 millions cars worldwide, with 138,000 models affected in the UK, over a fault with electric window switches. Vehicles affected in the UK include the Yaris, RAV4, Auris and Corolla models built between September 2006 and December 2008.
The problem is down to electric window switches, which over time could begin to feel uneven or notchy. The manufacturer said that there had been no reports of accidents, injuries or deaths caused by the problem. Toyota has also warned that owners shouldn't attempt to solve the problem with standard shop-bought lubricants as this could cause the part to overheat or melt.
A statement from Toyota said: “Toyota places the highest priority on customer safety and the quality of our vehicles. We are constantly monitoring the performance of our vehicles through a variety of sources. “From time to time, we become aware of a situation where a certain component or aspect of the vehicle does not meet our strict standards.”
Toyota will be contacting owners in the next six weeks if their car is part of the recall. The work should take no more than one hour and will be free of charge. If owners are concerned then they can call customer relations 01737 367600 or check with their local dealer.
Other countries affected include 1.39 million in Japan, 1.4 million in China and 2.47 million cars in the US, while Canada, Australia and the Middle East are also subject to the recall. Other cars recalled worldwide include the Vios, Matrix, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia, xB and xD.